In a major update, OpenAI has introduced web search functionality to its highly popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT. After temporarily disabling the feature due to potential abuse and technical issues, OpenAI has now officially launched the internet-browsing capability to ChatGPT. This expansion allows users to access real-time information, making ChatGPT a more powerful and versatile tool.
Initially limited to data up until September 2021, ChatGPT’s lack of web search functionality hindered its ability to provide up-to-date information. However, OpenAI had been working on integrating internet services to ChatGPT since March, recognizing the advantages it could bring. By incorporating web search via Bing, OpenAI aimed to address the limitations of curated training datasets and offer more comprehensive and dynamic responses.
Following tweaks to ensure compliance with content owners’ guidelines and addressing technical issues, the web search feature using Bing is now available to all Plus and Enterprise subscribers of ChatGPT. Users can now access and browse the web seamlessly without toggling any beta switches, enhancing the practicality and usefulness of ChatGPT.
Simultaneously, OpenAI has introduced DALL-E 3 integration in beta. DALL-E is a text-to-image generator that creates images based on text prompts. With the latest integration, ChatGPT facilitates the generation of image-based responses. This means users can receive images as part of their text-based queries without having to switch to a separate application. By leveraging ChatGPT’s capabilities, users can provide clearer instructions for DALL-E, resulting in more accurate image outputs.
OpenAI’s strategy revolves around transforming ChatGPT into a comprehensive multimedia search engine, enabling it to process audio, visuals, and text seamlessly. In recent updates, ChatGPT gained voice communication capabilities and introduced image-based search functionality. This expansion aligns with OpenAI’s goal of making ChatGPT a powerful, real-time, multimedia generative search engine that caters to a wide range of user needs.