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OpenAI gives ChatGPT support for plugins - and lets it browse the web as well

ChatGPT can now be integrated into third-party services via a plugin and thus, for example, take over detailed video editing or include the latest information from the web.

Tech company OpenAI continues to dominate the digital industry headlines. Shortly after GPT-4, OpenAI unveiled support for plugins for its highly functional AI tool ChatGPT. Thanks to this update, the tool can immediately access up-to-date information from the Internet, perform technical calculations, or be used in the context of various third-party tools, for example, to adapt videos for Creator.

OpenAI gives users plugin alpha access for ChatGPT

On the OpenAI blog, the company explains that first users can build their own plugin for ChatGPT based on the company's documentation. This feature had been requested by many developers since the launch of the AI tool, and some had already experimented with their own options. The first plugins have already been created by companies such as Klarna, Slack, Shopify, Wolram, and Expedia as part of OpenAI's alpha launch.

OpenAI also provides two plugins: the Web Browser and the Code Interpreter. While the company is currently transitioning some new users from the waiting list to the alpha preview (giving preference to ChatGPT Plus users), a larger rollout of the capabilities is expected soon.

Plugins as "eyes and ears" for ChatGPT

The explanatory post states that the plugins can act as "eyes and ears" for the AI tool to include data that is too current, too specific, or too personal to be integrated into the training data for the language model behind ChatGPT. Therefore, ChatGPT plugins can be used, for example, to enable web browsing so that the most up-to-date information is always available. In this way, OpenAI solves one of the biggest problems that the popular AI tool had in the beginning when outdated data was often cited.

However, a plugin can be provided by developers for various purposes. Even the editing of videos, for example, the extraction of individual elements, can be implemented. Greg Brockman, co-founder and president of OpenAI, provides an example of this on Twitter.

There are already a number of possible uses, from displaying complicated mathematical calculations to sorting and compiling the most important documents in a work context. There are a few limits to the creation of ChatGPT plugins. And the use of these elements could have a major impact on everyday digital work.

However, there are still security concerns that OpenAI itself addresses. One of the company's first security measures is to limit access for now.

Once OpenAI has more test results from the first integrations, the company plans to expand access - and even enable plugin support beyond ChatGPT.

In the coming months, as we learn from deployment and continue to improve our safety systems, we'll iterate on this protocol, and we plan to enable developers using OpenAI models to integrate plugins into their own applications beyond ChatGPT.

Learn more about OpenAI's first ChatGPT plugin samples and how-to steps for creating third-party plugins in the company's detailed post.

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