ChatGPT Gets New Updates to Enhance User Experience

ChatGPT Gets New Updates to Enhance User Experience

OpenAI has introduced several updates for ChatGPT to enhance user experience with its AI-powered chatbot, and stay ahead of the competition. The updates will be available in the second week of August, according to the company.

Since ChatGPT’s launch, it has garnered both praise and criticism, pushing OpenAI to constantly come up with updates. The latest updates, as small as they may be, are expected to enhance the chatbot, making it more productive while having smoother conversations with users.

In a status update on Twitter – now X platform, OpenAI explained the new updates made to the chatbot such as uploading multiple files, allowing users to stay logged, prompts examples, and keyboard shortcuts will improve the overall performance of the popular AI-powered tool.

The updates

Instead of firing up a blank ChatGPT window, the chatbot now opens with suggested prompts giving users some ideas to start with. Additionally, to keep the conversations going, the bot chips in with follow-up questions and replies, which makes the conversations more natural and humanlike, allowing for a more in-depth exploration of the particular subject.

According to Decrypt, this feature is already being used by Microsoft Bing and has proven useful creating scope for OpenAI to replicate it to its ChatGPT.

“We are rolling out a bunch of small updates to improve the ChatGPT experience,” said OpenAI in a tweet.

Of the updates, it seems the uploading multiple files feature excited users more. With this new addition to ChatGPT, users “can now ask ChatGPT to analyze data and generate insights across multiple files.” According to OpenAI, this feature is available with the Code Interpreter for all Plus users.

Responding to the announcement, some users described this as a game changer and a great update to the chatbot, which will optimize time and productivity.

Paul Couvert exhibited enthusiasm and said: “Uploading multiple files is a game changer. Very good update.”

Another user identified as Usman concurred.

“Impressive updates, guys! Loving the new features. Uploading multiple files is going to be a game changer.”

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GPT-4 set as default

Another feature, OpenAI has also promised full integration with the GPT-4 model for its $20 paying subscribers. Before the updates, chats would default to the less powerful  GPT-3.5 model after logging out.

Another update made will let users stay logged in longer and won’t be logged out of their accounts after two weeks anymore.

“When starting a new chat as a Plus user, ChatGPT will remember your previously selected model – no more defaulting back to GPT-3.5,” said OpenAI, adding users “will no longer be logged out every 2 weeks!”

“When you need to log in, you’ll be greeted with a much more welcoming page.”

While users welcome the latest updates, they feel more still needs to be done to further improve the AI tool.

For instance, AI Buzz suggested OpenAI could consider “moving the confirmation button for deleting a message back to the left, instead of the middle of the screen.”

Another user Gene Zubak said: “I would also like to request an option to disable auto-scroll when a model is generating a response, and maybe even disable a running cursor.”

Industry competition

ChatGPT was launched in November 2022 to immediate success amassing 100 million users after two months. Its success caught the attention of many tech firms prompting them to develop alternatives. In China, where ChatGPT is currently unavailable, Baidu has had to come up with an alternative known as Ernie Bot.

Google and Microsoft have also introduced Bard and Bing respectively while several other developers have come up with chatbots to rival ChatGPT. Apple is reportedly working on its alternative known as Apple GPT.

It is imperative to note that while OpenAI has subscriptions for its ChatGPT-4, other chatbots are available free of charge. For instance, Google’s Bard and Claude AI by Anthropic have been putting more pressure on OpenAI.

OpenAI’s constant upgrades to its bot therefore come at an opportune time for the subscription-based service to keep it ahead of the growing competition.

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