Plugins: A Game-Changing Upgrade That Will Revolutionize ChatGPT

  • In November 2022, ChatGPT launched, becoming hugely successful. It was able to gain 100 million users within 3 months, which was the fastest in history for any app
  • The main limitation of ChatGPT until now was that it is limited to its training data as of 2021 & limited use cases, while with the launch of ChatGPT Plugins, it will enable a wide range of use cases due to access to more recent data, which it can access through the Plugins
  • ChatGPT has released 3 plugins(Browsing, Code interpreter, Retrieval) by itself and also started giving developers early access for building 3rd party apps
  • Retrieval Plugin: Let ChatGPT access personal or organizational information sources (with permission)
    • It allows users to obtain the most relevant document snippets from their data sources, such as files, notes, emails, or public documentation, by asking questions or expressing needs in natural language
    • It can be hosted & deployed at the end of the company
    • Generates value since it can be used to ask questions from 1000’s of documents stored within a company database at once & retrieve the required information

Example of a Plugin being connected to the United Nations & asking questions

  • Third-Party Plugins: Access apps from ChatGPT & trigger actions through natural language
    • While starting a conversation on, users can choose which third-party plugins they’d like to be enabled. The user can then enter natural language to trigger actions within these apps. Below is an example of a prompt from the announcement
      • User Prompt: Looking to eat vegan food in San Francisco this weekend. Could you get me one great restaurant suggestion for Saturday and a simple recipe for Sunday (just the ingredients)? Please calculate the calories for the recipe using Wolfram Alpha. Finally, order the ingredients on InstaCart.
      • Action: In this context, ChatGPT has integrated plugins from prominent services such as OpenTable, which enables users to book restaurant reservations. Additionally, utilizing an undisclosed recipe, the model can calculate the calorie count using the knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha and ordering the necessary ingredients from InstaCart, a popular retail delivery service. 
    • The Plugins would create an ecosystem of apps similar to google workspace helping users to use natural language to use any app in the world
  • How to access as a user
    • Users of ChatGPT plus need to join the waitlist here:
    • ChatGPT is currently expanding the availability of plugins to both users and developers, with an initial focus on a select group of ChatGPT Plus users and developers. ChatGPT plans to gradually expand access to a larger audience in the future.