By giving ChatGPT the capability to access real-time information, OpenAi is giving users the ability to quickly answer their burning questions. Instead of getting vague information or having the chatbot say it doesn't know anything that happened since 2021, users can now ask questions about recent events, negating the need for them to use search engines like Google or sites like X to learn more. The world is one step closer to the realm of science fiction.
This new update brings additional concerns about the risks of AI. ChatGPT's limited dataset gave it a valuable safety net, but by opening the floodgates to current information, ChatGPT is more likely to display harmful material, misinformation, and copyrighted content to users. This new update will also require users to enable their chat history to allow the new browser plugin to work, which puts them at risk of their data being scraped and leaked.
There's a 20% chance that OpenAI will release a product after ChatGPT before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.