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ChatGPT can once again use internet to give you current information

OpenAI had earlier tested a feature that allowed users to access the latest information through the Bing search engine on ChatGPT.

Edited By: Shubham Verma

Published: Sep 28, 2023, 10:53 AM IST

OpenAI's ChatGPT is now up to date.
OpenAI's ChatGPT is now up to date.

Story Highlights

  • OpenAI has announced that ChatGPT can once again access the internet.
  • That means current and authoritative information will be available.
  • ChatGPT will no longer be limited to data before September 2021.

ChatGPT users will now be able to surf the web, Microsoft-backed OpenAI said on Wednesday, expanding the data the viral chatbot can access beyond its earlier September 2021 cutoff. The artificial intelligence startup said its latest browsing feature would allow websites to control how ChatGPT can interact with them. Access to the internet means the chatbot can crawl through different websites to fetch information related to the user’s query. It means more accurate and real-time answers to your questions, much like Bing Chat or Google Bard.

“Browsing is available to Plus and Enterprise users today, and we’ll expand to all users soon. To enable, choose Browse with Bing in the selector under GPT-4,” OpenAI said in a post on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. The company said ChatGPT can now provide you with current and “authoritative information, complete with direct links to sources.” That also means the chatbot is no longer limited to data before September 2021.

The startup also announced a major update earlier this week that would enable ChatGPT to have voice conversations with users and interact with them using images, moving it closer to popular AI assistants like Apple’s Siri.

OpenAI had earlier tested a feature that allowed users to access the latest information through the Bing search engine within its premium ChatGPT Plus offering. But it later disabled it because of fears that it could allow users to bypass paywalls.

ChatGPT became the fastest-growing consumer application in history earlier this year, reaching 100 million monthly active users in January, before being supplanted by Meta’s Threads app. Its rise has driven up investor interest in OpenAI, with media including Reuters reporting on Tuesday that the startup is talking to shareholders about a possible sale of existing shares at a much higher valuation than a few months ago.

— Written with inputs from Reuters

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Author Name | Shubham Verma

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