ChatGPT is no more constrained by 2021 knowledge cutoff; OpenAI lets it browse the web for current information – The Hindu

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September 28, 2023 09:41 am | Updated 03:16 pm IST
ChatGPT’s Bing-powered browsing feature was introduced earlier this year to paid users, but taken down [File] | Photo Credit: REUTERS
OpenAI announced on Wednesday that ChatGPT would be able to browse the internet in order to give users “current and authoritative information” and links to sources, effectively ending the knowledge cutoff which restricted the chatbot to information dated prior to September 2021.
The AI startup said it had received useful feedback from the original browsing launch in May, and that the chatbot would follow robots.txt and identify user agents for better interaction with websites.
ChatGPT’s Bing-powered browsing feature was introduced earlier this year to paid users but was taken down due to paywall jumping concerns, Reuters reported.
A screen recording shared by OpenAI showed how a search for commuter bikes, for example, would prompt ChatGPT to browse relevant biking sites and read their content, in order to provide a concise answer with a link.
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The new browsing upgrade will be rolled out to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users first while others will get it “soon”. Users will need to enable ‘Browse with Bing’ under GPT-4 to use the latest feature.
“Browsing is particularly useful for tasks that would require up-to-date information, such as helping you with technical research, trying to choose a bike, or planning a vacation,” said OpenAI in its X (formerly Twitter) post.
Earlier in the week, the company announced that ChatGPT could “see, hear, and speak”, enabling voice interactions with users, as well as images in conversations.
ChatGPT’s knowledge cutoff of September 2021 meant that it was unaware of many key world events which took place in 2022 and 2023, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or Rishi Sunak becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. ChatGPT queries which dealt with events taking place after 2021 often generated incomplete or incorrect responses because of this limitation.
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