In a revolutionary move, OpenAI has introduced GPTBot, a web browser designed to collect publicly available data, with the aim of improving the accuracy and capabilities of the well-known GPT language model. This development marks a significant step in the evolution of AI-driven language models.
Web indexes, often called web spiders, are an integral part of indexing content on the vast Internet. Notably, search engines like Google and Bing rely heavily on these bots to populate their search results with relevant websites.
GPTBot, however, is tailored for a specific purpose – collecting publicly available data while avoiding sources with paywalls, personal data, or content that violates OpenAI's policies. Website owners retain control over the availability of their content by using a "disallow" statement in a standard server file, allowing them to regulate which parts of their content are accessible to web browsers.
OpenAi is preparing for GPT-5
Along with this announcement, OpenAi surprised everyone when it announced the brand new "GPT-5", which is expected to succeed the current GPT-4 model. The application, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on July 18, covers the use of "GPT-5" in artificial intelligence-based human speech and text, audio-to-text, voice recognition and speech synthesis.
Despite the excitement surrounding GPT-5's potential, OpenAI faces challenges. Concerns about data collection practices, copyright issues and consent violations have cast a shadow over recent ventures. Japan's privacy regulator issued a warning about unauthorized data collection, and Italy temporarily banned ChatGPT earlier this year for alleged violations of privacy laws.
OpenAI and Microsoft are also fighting a class-action lawsuit, where 16 plaintiffs allege unauthorized access to private information from ChatGPT user interactions. In addition, the lawsuit against GitHub Copilot alleges that the tool violated developers' rights by removing their code without proper attribution. There are big challenges in the coming time for OpenAI in solving ethical issues in the development of AI.