ChatGPT Can Now Browse The Internet

FILE PHOTO: OpenAI and ChatGPT logos are seen in this illustration taken, February 3, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

ChatGPT Can Now Browse The Internet

The conversational AI system and chatbot ChatGPT have an upgrade with new capabilities. ChatGPT can now browse the internet to deliver up-to-date information to users.

Developer OpenAI announced that Plus and Enterprise tier users of ChatGPT now have access to an integrated web browsing feature via Microsoft’s Bing search engine. This enables the bot to go beyond the fixed dataset it was initially trained on up to September 2021.

ChatGPT can now search for up-to-date information on the Internet

With browsing capabilities, ChatGPT can provide assistance with research, product comparisons, travel planning, and other tasks requiring current data. The AI assistant provides direct links to sources, allowing users to verify the information.

OpenAI stated that ChatGPT follows robots.txt rules and identifies itself via user agent strings, so websites can control how it interacts with their content. 

For now, browsing remains limited to premium tiers, but OpenAI indicated it will expand to all users soon as part of the bot’s gradual, ongoing expansion. Up-to-date internet access marks a major milestone for ChatGPT as it evolves into a versatile digital assistant.

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