Until now, ChatGPT’s responses to everyday language queries were based on a large database, the most recent being from August 2021.
This thus limited the relevance and completeness of the answers offered by the conversational robot that has been so much talked about since its launch in November 2022.
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OpenAI had already introduced this formula to members of its paid service ChatGPT Plus in June, but discontinued it in July after users were able to access theoretically paid content for free on the Internet.
Members of ChatGPT’s paid service have access to the GPT-4 language model, faster responses, and exclusive access to beta features.
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The Browse with Bing feature, which launched on Wednesday, is also reserved for members of the paid service, but OpenAI says it will soon be available to all ChatGPT fans.
As a partner with OpenAI, Microsoft already offered Bing Chat, an integration of GPT-4 – the language model used to develop ChatGPT – into its Internet search engine, as did Google with its conversational robot Bard (not available in Canada).
The open architecture model, which allows the software to access content from various sources on the Internet, poses more risks than using only a single database controlled by the program publisher.
Although ChatGPT provides the sources used for its response, it is more likely to return erroneous content.