ChatGPT has consistently showcased its versatility, assisting with a wide range of tasks like writing, coding, research, and vacation planning. However, it has been tethered by a notable limitation since its inception. Now, OpenAI has addressed this issue – albeit for those willing to subscribe.
In an announcement made on Wednesday via an X (formerly Twitter) post, OpenAI revealed that ChatGPT now has the capacity to access the internet in real time, providing direct links to its sources. This enhanced functionality is exclusively accessible to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise subscribers.
For these premium users, ChatGPT transcends its previous boundaries, no longer confined to pre-2021 information. This monumental shift opens up a plethora of new possibilities and significantly boosts the chatbot‘s reliability.
ChatGPT’s internet access is facilitated through Microsoft’s Bing web browser. Initially introduced at Microsoft Build in May, this feature was made available to ChatGPT Plus users. However, OpenAI later withdrew it after discovering that some users were exploiting it to circumvent paywalls.
OpenAI emphasized that valuable user feedback received since the initial rollout has contributed to this updated version. The enhancements include features like “following robots.txt” and “identifying user agents,” enabling websites to manage ChatGPT’s interactions with them.
To activate this feature, ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users can easily select “Browse with Bing” from the drop-down menu under GPT-4.
A ChatGPT Plus subscription is priced at $20 per month, and for users who require the latest and most reliable information, the increased accuracy and dependability could justify the cost.
For those eagerly awaiting this feature, OpenAI has reassuring news – it will soon become available to all users. In the meantime, Bing Chat serves as a robust alternative. It’s powered by GPT-4, has internet access, offers source citations, and, best of all, it’s free.
This announcement closely follows OpenAI’s recent revelation that ChatGPT can “see, hear, and speak,” signifying its ability to accept image and voice prompts, as well as provide voice responses.
It’s essential to note that these new search and response capabilities are initially exclusive to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users, with a broader rollout scheduled in the next two weeks.
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