ChatGPT’s iOS and Android App Can Now Search the Web

IBL News | New York

OpenAI, this week, announced that Plus users on the mobile iOS and Android ChatGPT app can now use Browsing for queries relating to current events and other information that extend original training data, that is, the year 2021.

This feature can be enabled by selecting “GPT-4” and choosing “Browser with Bing.”

The fact that Bing is the only search engine available draws critics, as the users don’t have any alternatives to choose from.

Techcrunch wrote“Limiting ChatGPT’s search capabilities to Bing seems just short of a user-hostile move. The business motivations are obvious — OpenAI has a close partnership with Microsoft, which has invested over $10 billion in the startup — but Bing is far from the be-all and end-all of search engines.”

Recently, a Stanford study showed evidence that Bing’s top search results contained an “alarming” amount of disinformation.

On the other hand, also this week, OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman told some developers that his company wants to turn it into a “supersmart personal assistant for work.”

With built-in knowledge about an individual and their workplace, this assistant could carry out tasks such as drafting emails or documents in that person’s style and with up-to-date information about their business.

The assistant features could put OpenAI on a collision course with Microsoft, its primary business partner, investor, and cloud provider, as well as with other OpenAI software customers such as Salesforce.

Those firms also want to use OpenAI’s software to build AI “copilots” for people to use at work.