“We’re rolling out web browsing and Plugins to all ChatGPT Plus users over the next week!” OpenAI announced in a tweet. “Moving from alpha to beta, they allow ChatGPT to access the internet and to use 70+ third-party plugins.”
The plugins should automatically activate upon subscribing to ChatGPT Plus and can be found under “Beta Features” in a user’s settings. The service costs $20 a month and allows users to utilize OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4 model, a significantly better, but still flawed, upgrade over ChatGPT-3. Plus subscribers will have access to over 70+ third-party plugins. These can parse through website content, visualize and analyze data, and even help you learn foreign languages.
Users can install as many plugins as they want, but are only allowed to use three at a time. The plugins cover a range of industries and business ventures including shopping, real estate, stocks, travel, and food. For example, one plugin, “ndricks Sports,” finds and compiles relevant sports news and information.
Other plugins like, “AskYourPDF,” and “ChatWithPDF,” allow users to provide a URL of a PDF document for ChatGPT to parse through. However, these plugins are very particular about what URLs it can and cannot accept, and this one does not accept local files from your computer.
ChatGPT-plugins are still in beta and it shows. I pointed out the “ndricks Sports” plugin earlier, and while the information it provided me is accurate, the sources it gave me don’t actually link back to wherever ChatGPT got that information. Or in some cases like with “ChatWithPDF,” the plugin just straight up did not work at the time I tried it.
Regardless, the implementation of plugins represents a radical shift in the capabilities of ChatGPT, especially in the wake of Google Bard getting a