In artificial intelligence’s ongoing quest to make our lives easier, ChatGPT has emerged as a powerful tool for communication. Its ability to understand and answer questions, generate ideas and help with creative tasks makes it an indispensable resource for many. But did you know that you can further enhance its functionality with the help of plugins? Read on to find out how these plugins extend the chat’s abilities.
Since its launch, ChatGPT’s user base has been growing steadily. This chatbot, powered by the GPT model, has gained widespread global acceptance thanks to its ability to generate consistent and natural responses.
It is essential that OpenAI continues to innovate in order to maintain its leading position in the language model market. Indeed, one of the main challenges it faces is updating the model, as the platform uses a version from the end of 2021. As a result, the information it provides may be outdated.
The company has demonstrated its ability to meet user demands with the introduction of plugins, the IOS application and the development of two of its own add-ons: a web browser, which allows information to be retrieved from the Internet, and a code interpreter, which allows Python code to be executed.
Of particular note is the recent integration of Bing as an online source in the web browser add-on. By combining the best of both tools, OpenAI has managed to optimise the efficiency of ChatGPT and keep it up to date.
What are plugins in ChatGPT?
In March 2023, OpenAI released an update in which they made available to some ChatGPT plus users plugins that improve the processing power of the model. Since then, the model has grown steadily thanks to the optimisation of responses.
Plugins are additional tools that can be installed to extend the capabilities of ChatGPT, providing up-to-date information from specific sources and using third-party services. These can range from simple functions such as task reminders or language translation, to more complex functions such as data analysis or algorithm programming.
Plugins are created by both OpenAI and external developers. In fact, the platform warns that the plugins are not controlled by OpenAI, but are powered by third-party applications.
Currently, ChatGPT offers more than 220 plugins for the paid version, with more and more available on the web. These tools must be installed before they can be used. In addition, the platform independently determines when to use each of them.
How are the plugins installed?
The installation of these tools is very easy. Here is a step-by-step description of how to activate the plugins and install them in the chat:
- Go to settings and select “beta features”. Once there, you must activate the “plugins” option.
2. Once in the chat, you need to activate the GPT-4 model. After clicking on the model, there is a dropdown where you can activate the “plugins” option.
3. Once the plugins are activated, under the model options, there will be a button to activate/deactivate the plugins and another button “plugin store”, where you can install or uninstall the plugins you want.
The most popular plugins in ChatGPT
It is important to mention that while plugins can be extremely useful, it is also crucial to keep security in mind. Make sure you only download them from trusted sources and regularly check the updates and security policies of the plugins you install. Remember that the security of your data and your privacy should always be a priority.
In this article we will show you the most popular plugins on the platform, have you already used any of them?
Kayak: this plugin simplifies the booking of flights, cars and hotels. It also offers useful travel tips and recommendations for budget travel.
Speak: this add-on teaches users how to communicate effectively in several languages, acting as a personal language coach.
SchoolarAI: provides scientific research articles reviewed by PubMed, Arxiv, Springer and more.
Prompt perfect: is designed to rephrase prompts that are unclear or too brief. It takes the prompt given by the user and transforms it into a more detailed and context-rich version.
Noteable: creates notebooks in Python, SQL and Markdown to explore data, visualise it and share it with the world.
Link Reader: can read any linked material, be it a web page, a PDF, an image, etc.
Zapier: automates chat tasks by allowing you to connect with thousands of applications (Slack, Gmail, Salesforce…).
Show Me: generates real-time diagrams of almost any type.
WebPilot: from one or several URLs it examines and controls web pages/PDF/Data. It interacts, extracts specific information or modifies the content of the URL.
Key Mate – AI search: designed to enhance the knowledge base by searching the Internet for up-to-date information on various topics. Search and browse the web using Google Search results with KeyMate.AI.
Ask your PDF: allows users to upload PDF documents and transforms the content of the document into an informed conversation partner, capable of providing detailed answers based on the information contained in the document itself.
Vox Script: allows you to search YouTube transcripts, financial data sources and Google Search results.
Chat with PDF: via the PDF URL, chat with any document, from entire PDF books to Google Drive documents.
Video Insight: interacts with online video platforms such as YouTube or Daily Motion, providing transcripts, metadata…
Wolfram: provides access to computational, mathematical and real-time data to answer any question.
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