OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the popular AI chatbot, has introduced a new feature called custom instructions to enhance user interactions. This move aims to streamline conversations and make the chatbot more responsive to user preferences and specific contexts.
With custom instructions, users are now able to provide detailed instructions or preferences for ChatGPT’s responses. For example, users can specify the programming language they want the chatbot to use or provide information about their family size. This level of customization allows users to tailor the chatbot’s responses to their specific needs.
However, there is a catch. Currently, the custom instructions feature is only available to users with the Plus plan and is not accessible to users in the EU and the U.K. It is in the beta testing phase and OpenAI is gradually rolling it out to users.
To try out the custom instructions feature, users can go to the settings on the web or iOS and enable the feature. OpenAI will then utilize the information gathered from these custom instructions to train its API models, thereby improving the chatbot’s responsiveness and effectiveness in understanding and fulfilling user requests.
Privacy-conscious users need not worry, as OpenAI offers the option to opt out of data collection through the data control settings. This gives users control over the information they provide to the chatbot.
The custom instructions feature has already undergone testing with select users. Gavriel Cohen, a consultant, shared examples of how this feature can be utilized effectively. Users can input their customized instructions, which will take effect during their next session with the chatbot.
Moreover, OpenAI has implemented its moderation API to ensure that custom instructions are scanned for any unsafe or inappropriate content. This helps filter out harmful or hateful responses, creating a safer and more wholesome chatbot experience.
OpenAI has been actively expanding the availability of ChatGPT. Firstly, they launched the app for iOS in the U.S., and later expanded its availability to over 40 countries. Additionally, OpenAI launched an iPad app with extra features like integration with Siri and Shortcuts, as well as web search capabilities using Bing.
With the introduction of custom instructions and the continued expansion of its availability, OpenAI is making ChatGPT more versatile and user-friendly. This feature allows users to have more control over their interactions with the chatbot, ensuring a more personalized and tailored experience.
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