It’s no longer a secret that ChatGPT can be a powerful tool in everyday life. However, it has one weakness: The data that ChatGPT accesses and gives you is, at best, from September 2021. ChatGPT cannot provide you with current inquiries, for example about the weather, the train timetable or anything else.
You can get around this problem with just a few clicks. In this article I will tell you why this is absolutely brilliant for me and how you use ChatGPT with the Internet.
ChatGPT on the web with WebChatGPT
The miracle add-on that allows the chatbot to spit out current data is called WebChatGPT and is available for Chrome and Firefox. In my opinion one of the most useful browser add-ons in recent years.
The extension gives ChatGPT access to the internet, allowing you to get truly up-to-date data from the bot. This is not possible in the traditional version of ChatGPT. Actually, Microsoft’s search engine Bing should soon offer ChatGPT for everyone with internet access. However, the first users report that Bing is becoming emotional and is beginning to manipulate users.
While Microsoft is certainly working hard on the new Bing version, I don’t think the prospects for the search engine are rosy. The conventional ChatGPT with browser add-on works better there, even if it doesn’t look quite as tidy as you might be used to from ChatGPT.
This is how you use WebChatGPT
After you have installed the add-on, the ChatGPT user interface changes minimally. You can tick “Web access” under the input field, which allows ChatGPT to access the Internet – at least indirectly.
Next to the tick are three drop-down menus that allow you to select the number of web results, the data release period, and a region to get the most accurate answers possible.
In the following example, I asked ChatGPT which is currently the most powerful graphics card from Nvidia – once with and once without an online function:
With WebChatGPT disabled, ChatGPT tells us that the most powerful graphics card is the RTX 3090, while also notifying us that the data is from September 2021.
With an online function, it provides the right answer: the RTX 4090.
But beware: The correct answer was only given when I changed the period from “Any Time” to “Past Month” in the second drop-down menu. This gives insight into how the browser extension works. That also brings us directly to the next point:
Can AI really scour the internet?
No, ChatGPT itself does not search the internet. The browser extension provides popular Google results to the request and then passes the information to ChatGPT. This ensures that incorrect data is sometimes output despite »Internet access«. As already mentioned, you avoid this by only allowing ChatGPT to access newer sources.
The add-on also instructs ChatGPT to use the provided links to formulate an appropriate answer to our question. This ensures that the request looks a bit chaotic at first glance:
Important: Be sure to check the results! Especially when it’s about something important. ChatGPT is error-prone enough without the internet. WebChatGPT brings an additional source of error into play. So don’t trust the bot blindly!
What brings you ChatGPT with internet access?
The main idea of the addons is to allow you to get actual data from ChatGPT. You can ask the bot questions about the current political situation or about new games, films or series, to name just a few examples.
The possibilities are already huge offline. With more information from the net, ChatGPT will only become a more powerful ally in everyday life. We have summarized a few ideas on how you can use ChatGPT in everyday life in this list:
Make your life easier with these 14 ways to use ChatGPT in everyday life
What do you think of WebChatGPT’s semi-internet access? Will you use the addon? What tasks do you have in mind for online ChatGPT? What restrictions still bother you about ChatGPT? Do you maybe have more extensions that make ChatGPT more powerful? Write it to us in the comments!