OpenAI announced the support for plugins in ChatGPT with the idea of enhancing the capabilities of its AI. The plugins will allow the model to access recent or personal information that cannot be considered in the training data. As part of its first phase, the chatbot will integrate services like Expedia, OpenTable, Slack, Instacart, and Shopify, to name a few.
The use of plugins is important, since solves one of the main limitations of ChatGPT: access current data. Chatbot users not only they will get recent informationbut they can also connect your requests (or prompts) to popular services. OpenAI began enabling plugins from its early contributors for ChatGPT Plus users.
An example shows how when requesting a recommendation for vegetarian food, ChatGPT links to OpenTable and displays restaurants in the area. He then lists the ingredients for a recipe with calorie details using WolframAlpha and offers to buy them via Instacart.
Open AI created an accessories store in which ChatGPT users can enable them to take advantage of its utility. According to the company, the plugins They allow you to keep up with recent events, access proprietary information sources, or troubleshoot models such as hallucinations. Similarly, developers will be able to design their plugins to integrate them in the future.
ChatGPT already offers recent information thanks to Bing
Those led by Sam Altman created two specific plugins. The first of them is a text-based browser that connects to the internet via the Bing API. When users make a request, ChatGPT provides recent information with the sources consulted in a format very similar to that of the Microsoft search engine. He plugins web, currently in alpha phase, is one of the most important integrations, since the queries will not only depend on the body of data with which the model was trained.
OpenAI also developed a python interpreter that works in an isolated execution environment. The code can be evaluated in a session within the chat window and allows uploading files and downloading results. this performer It is useful in solving mathematical problems.in data analysis and visualization scenarios, as well as in file conversion between formats.
To avoid security problems, the code is executed in a shielded way and with network controls to prevent access to the Internet.
Plugins also pose security risks
Although the use of plugins is welcome in ChatGPT, opening to third parties also present new risks. OpenAI is aware that the plugins security challenges will increase, as Malicious actors will attempt to deceive or defraud users. The most obvious example is Google Chrome, the browser that has dealt with malware-laden plug-ins for years.
In the case of plugins browser, OpenAI relied on the Bing API and worked closely with Microsoft to mitigate possible failures. The plugin excludes transactional operations, such as form submissions, and is limited to executing GET requests to retrieve information.
The company announced that it carried out internal and external exercises to identify possible scenarios where a hacker would take advantage of a plugins. To prevent things from getting out of hand and starting cryptocurrency scams or emails from scam, ChatGPT plugins will roll out gradually.
Those interested in trying out the plugins can do so by subscribing to ChatGPT Plus, which for $20/month offers priority access, faster responses, and features not found in the free version.