Bridging the Artificial Intelligence Gap: OpenAI's ChatGPT Uses Bing's Web Search Capabilities

  • 01-07-2023
  • Olivia Henderson
Bridging the Artificial Intelligence Gap: OpenAI's ChatGPT Uses Bing's Web Search Capabilities

OpenAI has provided a significant update to its premium offering, ChatGPT Plus, introducing a feature that expands the AI's knowledge beyond its training data. Now, by simply heading into the New Features section of the app and choosing "Browse with Bing" in the GPT-4 model switcher, users can enable the all-new Browsing functionality. With this tool, the ChatGPT app can directly surf the web via Bing to provide answers to user queries.

This innovative feature is particularly useful for addressing questions related to current events or any other information that might not be encompassed within ChatGPT's initial training data that stops in 2021. Browsing provides ChatGPT with the ability to answer questions such as “Who won the 2023 March Madness women’s tournament?” accurately, a task that was previously unachievable. OpenAI, in partnership with Microsoft, has essentially transformed ChatGPT into a more versatile and resourceful assistant.

However, the decision to restrict ChatGPT's search abilities solely to Bing has raised some eyebrows. While the strategic alliance between Microsoft and OpenAI explains this move, the limitation of search engine options sparks concerns among users. Given previous concerns regarding Bing's algorithms, there's a worry that any shortcomings from Bing would directly impact the AI's performance. Therefore, the lack of alternatives for users is perceived as a potential challenge.

While it's inevitable that Bing's algorithms will fluctuate over time, Microsoft has shown continued efforts towards enhancing its service. The introduction of Browsing is a testament to the advancements in AI technology, although its dependency on one search engine may be its Achilles heel. Therefore, the key to the long-term success of Browsing lies in Bing's ability to deliver reliable and accurate search results.

On a less contentious note, the ChatGPT app has also been updated to directly link search results to the respective part of the conversation, providing an improved user experience. With these updates, OpenAI aims to make ChatGPT a more comprehensive and dynamic tool, and the inclusion of the Browsing feature could very well be a game-changer, provided Bing delivers consistent and reliable results.