OpenAI has unveiled ChatGPT plug-ins, but there’s a catch

Future Publishing / Contributor / Getty Images

Those who want to use ChatGPT to play a quiz game, plan a trip, get stock quotes or find a place to eat can now do all that and more. OpenAI, the brains behind ChatGPT, has just begun rolling out a suite of third-party plug-ins aimed at expanding the popular AI chat service’s repertoire.

in A tweet posted last FridayOpenAI said: “We’re rolling out web browsing and plug-ins to all ChatGPT Plus users over the next week. Moving from alpha to beta, they’re allowing ChatGPT to access the Internet and use over 70 third-party extensions.”

also: How I tricked ChatGPT into telling me lies

Before you get too excited, there is one major requirement. You must be a paid subscriber to ChatGPT Plus, which provides a gateway to early features but costs $20 per month. If you’re a subscriber, plug-ins offer several benefits, including access to real-time information such as news and stock quotes, retrieval of knowledge base information such as company documents and personal notes, and the ability to trigger specific actions such as booking a flight or ordering food.

Existing plugins are designed to appeal to users across the spectrum with those geared towards business, education, finance, investing, and personal interests. With plugins from third-party providers like Expedia, Zillow, Kayak, Instacart, and OpenTable, you can search for a job, find real estate listings, receive product recommendations, go shopping, play games, and get recipes.

With Microsoft, Google, and other companies trying to cash in on the crazy AI, OpenAI continues to be a step forward in its own service. Promoting ChatGPT Plus subscriptions is one way to generate income. For this, the company has to ensure that the paid plan provides enough benefits to attract people who might stick with the free option.

also: I asked ChatGPT, Bing, and Bard what they were worried about. Google’s AI went to Terminator on me

To try out the new plug-ins as a ChatGPT Plus user, go to the main chat screen, click the three-dot icon in the bottom left pane next to your name, and select Settings. In the Settings window, click Set up for Experimental features Then turn on the plug-in switch.

After closing the settings window, hover over the GPT-4 model at the top of the screen and select the option beta plugins. Next, click the For drop-down arrow Plug-ins are not enabled and choose Plugin store. Read the About plugins window and click OK.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/ZDNET

The headings at the top of the shop window allow you to browse for new, most popular, and all plugins. If you find one that interests you, click the Install button to set it up. Install as many as you like, but you can only enable up to three at a time. To control this, go back to the chat screen, click the plug-in drop-down arrow, and select the three you’d like to use.

also: The best AI chatbots

On the chat screen, type a prompt associated with a plugin you have installed. For example, I entered a request to show real estate listings for two-bedroom apartments in zip code 10017. In response, ChatGPT indicated that they were using Zillow to answer my question and described a few different listings that matched my criteria. The response also included a link directing me to additional listings.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/ZDNET

As another example, this one from something more interactive, I asked ChatGPT to host a quiz game about old Hollywood movies. Leveraging the Open Trivia plugin, the AI ​​generated a multiple-choice question that I had to guess the answer to.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/ZDNET

#OpenAI #unveiled #ChatGPT #plugins #catch

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top