ChatGPT Gains Real-time Web Browsing to Challenge Microsoft Bing AI and Google Bard

OpenAI has just made a significant update to its ChatGPT model, which has leveled the playing field in the world of artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots. Where do we stand? accessibility to the Internet. In the past, Google’s Bard enjoyed a significant benefit from this, but that is no longer the case.

In March 2018, OpenAI presented the idea of ChatGPT plugins and stated that ChatGPT would be able to search the web. It created a waiting list for users and developers that are interested in trying out the new feature.

These functionalities are now available to a wider audience since the GPT-4 model of ChatGPT has moved into the beta stage.

The action appears to have been rushed through, most likely as a response to the launch of Google Bard and the features that accompanied it. The web-browsing function compares ChatGPT against Microsoft Bing, which is free and employs GPT-4 precisely like OpenAI’s model.

The account settings are where ChatGPT Plus users will have the option to enable this function if they have subscribed to that tier of service.

Users can activate the internet connection option by clicking the “Beta features” tab, which then enables them to request real-time information while they are having chat sessions. Once this option is activated, users can talk with each other.

The model will be able to surf the web and obtain the most up-to-date information on virtually any topic thanks to the expansive capabilities of this function.

What could possibly go wrong? Because it is still in the beta testing phase, it can only be accessed by a limited number of people, thus ChatGPT Plus customers shouldn’t expect to have full access just yet.

Also, OpenAI has not specified whether or not it has any control over the sources that are used by ChatGPT. We attempted to ask it questions that we regard to be “unethical” and search for material that is available on false news websites, but our efforts were fruitless.

In a head-to-head test conducted by Decrypt, the three chatbots ChatGPT, Bard, and Bing were all tasked with determining the current price of Bitcoin. The findings revealed some distinct distinctions in the talents of each of them.

While ChatGPT produced a nearly exact response using Coinbase as a reference, Bard offered a reply based on its own sources, and Bing referenced Google and CoinMarketCap data, even mentioning the USD to Brazilian real exchange rate, as the question was done from Brazil.

ChatGPT Gains Real-time Web Browsing to Challenge Microsoft Bing AI and Google Bard
ChatGPT Gains Real-time Web Browsing to Challenge Microsoft Bing AI and Google Bard


Not only did Google Bard and Bing exceed ChatGPT in terms of the speed at which they responded, but they also outperformed ChatGPT in terms of the depth of the information that they gave.

Both gave virtually rapid responses and contained additional details such as intraday fluctuations, high-low prices, trading volume, and price changes—elements that are currently lacking from ChatGPT’s responses. However, ChatGPT performed admirably in tasks that needed more creative results, such as summarizing or explaining news stories.

Despite these differences, OpenAI’s decision to add internet connectivity in ChatGPT represents a big step forward in the artificial intelligence chatbot competition. 

While it is true that the “Plus” features might be attainable for free with other models, ChatGPT’s ability to access real-time data offers it a fighting chance to compete with those other models.

This is really another lap in the continuous race toward artificial intelligence, which is still a long way from being over.

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