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ChatGPT's New Capability: Accessing Current Information


OpenAI, the company supported by Microsoft and the creator of ChatGPT, has announced that the chatbot is now capable of browsing the internet to provide users with current information. Previously, the artificial intelligence system was trained using data only up to September 2021. This development allows premium users to ask ChatGPT questions about current events and access the latest news. OpenAI plans to make this feature available to all users in the near future.

Additionally, OpenAI revealed that ChatGPT will soon be capable of engaging in voice conversations with users. ChatGPT and similar AI systems use extensive data to generate human-like responses to user queries, promising to revolutionize online information searches. However, until now, ChatGPT's knowledge has been static, relying on internet data available up to September 2021. It couldn't access real-time information.

This limitation frustrated some potential users who couldn't get current information from the chatbot. With this new ability, ChatGPT can serve as a source of real-time news and information, reducing the need for users to turn to search engines or news outlets for updates on current events.

However, experts caution that using ChatGPT for information searches can be a double-edged sword. While it provides quick responses, the lack of source attribution and the potential for mixing and presenting information from various sources without verification raise concerns about accuracy and reliability.

OpenAI has also faced scrutiny from US regulators over the risk of ChatGPT disseminating false information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested information on how OpenAI addresses these risks.

The decision to enable ChatGPT to browse the internet highlights the challenges faced by the AI sector. While opening up AI systems to real-time information makes them more useful, it also increases the potential for misuse and inaccuracies, posing privacy and ethical concerns.