ChatGPT's New 'Browse with Bing' Feature
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OpenAI announced today that ChatGPT has reintroduced its ability to scour the web for the latest data, delivering answers straight from "reliable and contemporary" sources and providing proper attribution. The feature, named 'Browse with Bing', is currently available only for Plus and Enterprise subscribers, but OpenAI has plans to expand access for all users in the near future.
Microsoft’s Bing Chat in Windows, the Edge browser, and several third-party browser extensions had the capability to fetch live web data. Google’s Bard on Chrome and other browsers shared similar features, providing linked sources when prompted. Highlighting the growing adoption of Bing's capabilities, Meta recently unveiled at Meta Connect that it will leverage Bing for real-time web results in its new AI Assistant across platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.
For users wondering how to activate the 'Browse with Bing' feature in ChatGPT, the process, though slightly intricate, is manageable. For the browser version, OpenAI offers guidelines. For the iOS app, the route is: three dots menu > Settings > New Features > Browse with Bing. Once activated, initiate a chat, select GPT-4, then choose "Browse with Bing." This will pull data from up-to-date web pages.
Though the browsing speed might feel a tad sluggish, the feature is functional. It also provides users the convenience of clicking links to validate the answers provided. A fun discovery through this feature revealed that AC/DC may possibly be releasing a new album, as per MediaMass—a previously unknown source to the author. The addition of a source-linking feature allows users to not only verify the bot's claims but also appreciate the original content creators.
Interestingly, OpenAI had launched the internet browsing feature within its ChatGPT iOS application in late June but had to retract it. Some savvy users realized they could make the bot retrieve content behind paywalls by simply providing a direct URL. In response, OpenAI’s automated web crawler, which supplies data to ChatGPT, now identifies itself, allowing websites to exclude themselves from the bot's analysis by updating their Robots.txt file.
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