ChatGPT Plugins and Web Access
...meh. Yeah, I said it.
ChatGPT Plus membership is releasing plugin and web access, both still in beta.
... And boy are they beta.
One of the very first things you should ask yourself when installing plugins, in any software, is who made it, and how secure is it. Or more simply, "do I trust this plugin"?
OpenAI even warns about this when you first access the "Plugin Store":
Then moving along to the plugin store, here's the interface:
I've been seeing these images for a while now from people with early access. I assumed that these boxes were clickable in some way – that it would open a new view with more information about the plugin, such as developer, developer link, privacy/TOS links, ratings, etc. ... nope.
This is it, folks. This is what there is to click on - the install button.
I hope that the plugins that are recognizable (i.e., Instacart, Zillow, etc.) are being offered by the actual companies. But there's no way to tell.
I see a lot of people online testing these. And it’s generally a good idea to avoid giving ChatGPT personal data. …Except, they’re taking steps to make that less scary (like the new setting to disallow your data being used for AI training). So it’s getting a little more trustworthy in the ChatGPT bubble.
With the plugins, though, some of these surely are going to need account login info (I could be wrong about this) or might draw other semi-personal information from you.
So until they open up some way for us to see who is actually creating the plugins - I would wait to use them. 🎺
Right now, ChatGPT's web access is slow (like ... dial-up slow) and fails more than it succeeds.
I just don't have anything good to say about this right now, other than "...yay progress?" Which I'll fully admit is frustrating, I've been looking forward to ChatGPT getting access to the web, as I'm sure are many of you.
I love ChatGPT and I'm excited to see where it goes. But right now, if you're not using their plugins or their web browsing access ... you're not missing anything.
🤔Why It Matters🤔
So much cred has been given to GPT/OpenAI/ChatGPT, and rightfully so. GPT is likely to fundamentally change the way we interact with software, and has opened up our understanding of what will be possible in the near future.
And at the same time, ChatGPT (and all of these bots) are still just babes. There are those who are saying OpenAI's GPT model is so far ahead of everyone else, that it's "all that matters."
And yet, Poe.com has released limited access to Claude with 100k token access (or around 75,000 words). 👀 (Claude is an AI from Anthropic.) Bing’s AI can browse files you open in your browser and talk to you about them (if it doesn’t hallucinate, anyway).
These are big steps toward the public being able to input huge amounts of text for an AI to work with. I've been playing with Poe a bit today. I was able to load it up with a large rough draft and discuss ideas about the content I'm working on. Its output is reasonable, helpful, and shouldn't be counted out of the running by any means.
So, while I'm not chomping at the bit to use the Plugin store just yet in ChatGPT, I am excited for the advances that are being made everywhere, and I look forward to what's next.