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OpenAI connects ChatGPT to the internet with plugins

Amaar Chowdhury Updated on by

OpenAI has just connected ChatGPT to the internet with plugins.

While before, ChatGPT had previously not been able to connect to the internet, the latest feature among a flurry of huge updates for OpenAI’s chatbot has changed everything. Plugin support for the following platforms is now a possibility for a select few developers:

  • Expedia
  • Klarna Shopping
  • Shop
  • OpenTable
  • Instacart
  • Wolfram
  • and more.

Here’s what OpenAI have had to say about the latest update:

“In line with out iterative deployment philosophy, we are gradually rolling out plugins in ChatGPT so we can study their real-world use, impact and safety and alignment challenges–all of which we’ll have to get right in order to achieve our mission.”

OpenAI’s announcement was accompanied by a tweet from OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman.

Having been a ‘heavily requested feature’, they’re now being slowly rolled out to a select few developers who have applied on the waitlist.

While the technological advancement of this feature is surely impressive – with all things AI related there are also some concerns. For example, Analytics India have labelled it the ‘Next Big Disaster in the Making,’ while OpenAI has affirmed that they have “implemented several safeguards” to guard against any potential threats posed by plug-ins.

In light of the recent Google Bard plagiarism discussion, it’s clear that safe-guards and absolute control over AI behaviour is necessary before systems like this are implemented, though of course, we’re going to have to wait and see how the gradual roll-out of plugins ensues.

So, what does internet access mean for ChatGPT?

For ChatGPT, having internet access opens up a whole new paradigm of functionality. Not only that, but there’s also concerns of security that are completely valid.

Previously, ChatGPT was only granted access to internet history from pre-2021. However, since the implementation of plugins, the artificial intelligence chatbot is wired up to the net. While fears of it escaping or the alter ego taking over are unlikely to be realised thankfully, cybersecurity could instead face a real threat.

We’re going to be keeping an eye out for relevant ChatGPT news, so make sure to check back in with us for relevant information on other services such as Google Bard and Midjourney.