ChatGpt, the trending artificial intelligence software of the moment, can now surf the web in real time, access updated information and interact not only through answers but also with actions, like a personal assistant and acting on behalf of the user.
The novelty comes from the plugins, extensions of its functions, launched by the owner company OpenAI.
They are valid for now in the paid Plus version and for a small group of users who have accessed through a waiting list.
ChatGpt will therefore be able to draw from fresh data and not limit itself to the 2021 information package used during the initial training.
The twelve plugins available to collect information from external sites are those of Expedia, FiscalNote, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Milo, OpenTable, Shopify, Slack, Speak, Wolfram and Zapier.
In a video accompanying the announcement, OpenAI shows, for example, the request of a user who wants to eat in a vegan restaurant in San Franciso on Saturday, while for Sunday he asks for a recipe with simple to order ingredients.
ChatGpt accomplishes all these requests by querying the sites for which the plugins are installed, calculating the calories using it and creating a link at Instacart with all the foods already placed in the cart.
A convenience that brings the software closer to a personal assistant who takes the user's place, which raises some concern if you think of all the things that the software will be able to do when the compatible portals will be many more and not just 12 as in this phase of tests.
Recent research from Pennsylvania University has highlighted that approximately 80% of the US workforce may have at least 10% of their work activities influenced by ChatGpt, or pre-trained generative software.