OpenAI is planning to connect ChatGPT to the Internet, allowing it to access up-to-date information from the Internet.
- The AI’s “knowledge” was previously limited to events up to September 2021.
- OpenAI is emphasizing user control and allowing websites to influence ChatGPT’s interactions.
On September 27th, OpenAI announced that their Large Language Model (LLM), ChatGPT, now has access to up-to-date information via the Internet.
While initially available exclusively to premium users, the feature is expected to roll out to a broader user base in the near future, according to the company’s announcement on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).
The AI’s “knowledge” was initially limited to events up to September 2021. Talk about old news! And now, for a whopping $20 per month, the LLM can scour the internet for up-to-date information. If we are being honest, ChatGPT is almost the superior AI in comparison to Google’s Bard. This development gives it yet another edge.
However, this isn’t the first time OpenAI tried such a feature. The company had previously tested a similar feature within its premium ChatGPT Plus offering but had to disable it due to concerns that it could enable users to bypass paywalls. At the time, it opened the discourse about the delicate balance between providing value and respecting content creators’ rights.
This time around though, the AI company emphasized the importance of users enabling their chat history and has stated that websites will have some control over how ChatGPT interacts with them.
Some are worried about it spreading misinformation considering the Internet is not a wholly reliable source. For good reason. Not too long ago, in a personal injury lawsuit against Avianca Airlines, United States attorneys Peter LoDuca and Steven Schwartz filed a response that cited certain legal decisions. Then, Avianca’s attorneys couldn’t find these cases and asked for copies. LoDuca submitted a variety of cases. And Plot Twist! None of them actually existed. ChatGPT had made them up…
However, there are those who see a reason for this madness. In fact, a 2023 systematic analysis assessed the performance of ChatGPT in fact-checking statements. They submitted 12,784 fact-checked statements to the model and found that it accurately categorized statements in 72% of cases. They also noted that it performed better in identifying true claims (80%) than false claims (67%). The authors emphasized the potential of ChatGPT and other LLMs to enhance fact-checking processes by automating the classification of statements. It suggests that ChatGPT could help shift the focus of fact-checking organizations toward labeling accurate claims, reducing the spread of false information.
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