As “eyes and ears” for ChatGPT, OpenAI started developing plugins in March with the goal of enhancing ChatGPT’s capabilities as a flexible tool that can help users with a variety of activities.
These plugins were initially only available to a small number of users during an alpha testing stage. On the other hand, OpenAI said on Friday of last week that it has just made over 70 third-party plugins available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers. The capabilities of ChatGPT users have significantly increased with this upgrade.
The AI company wrote: “We’re rolling out web browsing and Plugins to all ChatGPT Plus users over the next week. Moving from alpha to beta, they allow ChatGPT to access the internet and use 70+ third-party plugins.”
Upon purchasing ChatGPT Plus, plugins will instantly become active in the settings section titled “Beta Features.” Users of this $20 monthly membership service have access to OpenAI’s sophisticated ChatGPT-4 model, which is a significant advancement over ChatGPT-3 but still has certain flaws. Additionally, customers of ChatGPT Plus get unique access to more than 70 third-party plugins.
The new plugins include a wide range of features, such as the capacity to parse website text, visualize and analyze data, and even support language acquisition. Users are permitted to install as many plugins as they like, but they are only allowed to use three at once.
These plugins offer services to several businesses and sectors, including those in the retail, real estate, stock, travel, and food industries. The “ndricks Sports” plugin, as an illustration, compiles pertinent sports news and data for users.
Users can enter the URL of a PDF document for ChatGPT to analyze using the plugins “AskYourPDF” and “ChatWithPDF” that are available. These plugins, however, are picky about which URLs they allow and do not handle local files from users’ PCs.
It is important to remember that ChatGPT-plugins are still in the beta stage since it displays how they currently operate. The “ndricks Sports” plugin, for instance, offers factual information, but the reference links don’t always get you to the domain that ChatGPT sourced its data from. Additionally, certain PDF plugins don’t always function as intended.
However, this is still a major expansion of ChatGPT’s functionality and a much-needed one given that competing businesses have been improving their own AI tools, including Google’s Bard AI.