The AI powerhouse OpenAI has unleashed a sweeping new update for all its ChatGPT Plus users. Starting from the end of this week, users will have access to over 70 innovative third-party plugins. This comes on the heels of a successful test phase that began in late March, marking an ambitious leap forward for the AI chatbot sector.
For the monthly price of $20, subscribers can now gain access to the new features, pending their account approval. The enablement of these plugins is a straightforward process through the ChatGPT settings under the “Beta Features” section. Here, users will find two sliders – one for plugins and another for web browsing. These can be independently activated based on the user’s preference.
Once activated, the plugins will be available for selection using the Model Selector tool. Individual plugins can then be enabled in the Plugin Store. Notably, the integration of these plugins into ChatGPT is designed to be seamless. According to OpenAI, the AI chatbot will intuitively know when and how to access these plugins, including Internet search capabilities for current events and topics.
The catalogue of over 70 plugins offers a diverse array of functionalities, ranging from practical applications to various shopping and search platforms. For instance, users can load the content of a PDF into the chat for discussion with ChatGPT, generate prompts, or even search for unique one-word domains. Plugins also extend to numerous shopping platforms for clothing, real estate, travel, food, and car rentals.
Despite these advancements, the system does impose a limit of three active plugins per chat session. Users are thus encouraged to strategically select the best plugins suited to their specific tasks from the wide array available.
The advent of these plugins has spurred the interest of developers, who can now sign up for a waiting list. OpenAI has also provided development documentation to facilitate their integration.
This update comes amidst a burgeoning chatbot platform race with tech giants like Google and Microsoft, who have also shown their ambitions with Bard and Bing Chat, respectively. The introduction of plugins enhances ChatGPT’s interface, transforming it into a tool-rich platform with language models capable of tasks such as extracting and explaining web content, code writing, and data analysis and visualization.
Chatbots are poised to revolutionize the Internet, potentially shifting a multitude of tasks and content into their ecosystem. This disruption is speculated to be even more profound than the shift from desktop to smartphone ecosystems.
However, amidst the buzz, there are still unresolved issues regarding the copyright of content used by chatbots and the financial implications for content creators. Both Microsoft and OpenAI have expressed intentions to include content creators in the success of chatbots, though the specifics remain under wraps.
As we watch this new era of AI unfold, the possibilities seem as limitless as the questions it raises. Only time will tell how these developments shape our digital interactions.
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