Ep 19: A Guide to ChatGPT’s Updates – iOS App, Plugins, and Web Browsing


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ChatGPT is the number one iPhone app in the world and it's kind of a flop.

So that's one of the things that we're going to be talking about today on everyday AI. Your Daily Livestream podcast and newsletter, going over everything that's happening in the world of AI to help everyday people like you and me not just keep up with what's going on, but to actually make use of it.

All right? So today you're in for not really a treat, it is just me. So first, shout out to all of the guests that joined me this week, but today it's going to be you and I. So if you are listening live on LinkedIn or wherever else you may be, please join us. Drop a comment. We're talking today about a lot of things, but mainly we're going to be talking about ChatGPT, the new iOS app, and some huge updates to ChatGPT as well.

ChatGPT in New York City Schools

Jordan [00:01:20]:

So before we get into that, let's first talk about what's happening in the world of AI news and why it matters to all of us. So first, I think this is an incredible story. So the New York City public schools lifted a ban on ChatGPT and encouraged its use. Okay, let me cut straight to the point. So if you read our newsletter yesterday, there was a story in there about a college professor that essentially failed everyone because this professor thought that all of his or her students cheated on the exam and used a false method of asking ChatGPT, saying like, hey, here's my student's text from their paper they turned in. Is this from ChatGPT? And obviously it was all false. It was all wrong. So for whatever reason, academia has been pushing away from AI, ChatGPT, everything else, which I don't think they should.

Jordan [00:02:25]:

If I was a college professor right now, I would change completely what is required. I would say there's a paper every single day you come into the class, there's going to be a five page paper due in that 1 hour. You are going to be forced to not only use ChatGPT or Bard or Bingchat, but you're also going to have to learn how to fact check and make sure that everything coming out of there is correct. And you're going to have to learn and learn a little faster. So I love this story that New York City has lifted the ban, one of the first major public institutions to come out and publicly support ChatGPT and AI. So shout out New York City, Chicago, CPS. That's where I'm from. Waiting on you. Let's get ChatGPT in the classroom. 

Meta’s New AI Chip

Jordan [00:03:15]:

So, number two news story of the day. Meta. So, Facebook parent company is coming out with its own chip. So what does that even mean? Let's talk about it. Number one, something to keep in mind, always watch what big companies are saying, what they're releasing, and what happens to their stock price. When Meta announced that they're going to start creating physical chips, stock price soared. Look at their seven day stock price.

Jordan [00:03:53]:

Gerald, happy to have you tuning in today. Can't wait for the AI summit hit up in the comments. Gerald will share a link to that. So let's get back to Apple sorry, I'm sorry. Meta and their chips and what that means. They're creating a custom hardware chip that is going to accelerate their AI algorithms. This is one of Meta's first big steps in the computing space. So they have obviously Meta has their headset, all of those things, but this is one of their first steps in kind of the computing space.

Jordan [00:04:33]:

So it's going to be very interesting to see what happens from this announcement. Are other companies going to use their chip? Is their chip going to be better? Obviously, Apple over the past couple of years has started to develop its own chips, the M1 and M2 chip. So this is going to be interesting because also, and I'll try to break this down for the everyday person, I'm sorry, I have my dork hat on, but a lot of these new generative AI technologies.

So generative AI is when you can generate something text in ChatGPT, an image in mid journey, video in runway. So it requires an insane amount of computing power. So there's a certain kind of chip called the GPU. So there's very powerful chips that are required to run essentially artificial intelligence. So companies now there's been like two or three companies, your Nvidia, your IBMS, they're the ones, they can't make these chips fast enough.

Jordan [00:05:37]:

So I think this Meta news is pretty huge. That's saying they're going to start making their own chips. Ankush dropping a comment. So thank you. If you're watching live, especially when it's just me, it makes it so much more entertaining, both for myself and for everyone else when you drop a comment. So, yeah, Ankosh is talking about telling his students to use ChatGPT or whatever. Thank you. Please push that.

Apple Has Restricted Employees’ Use of ChatGPT

Jordan [00:06:07]:

Push that in AI education, everyone. Isabelle, good morning. So let's get to the last two news pieces of the day and then we're going to dive into a little bit on this. ChatGPT, the number one iOS app in the world as of the last 24 hours. So our last two pieces, we have two Apple news pieces. And so this is interesting. So in contrast to the New York City public schools saying let's use ChatGPT, apple reportedly has now restricted employees from using ChatGPT over fear of data leaks. Makes sense in some regards.

Jordan [00:06:48]:

Also, it's very I don't know if I should say concerning or maybe it's just intriguing that so many of these big companies have not yet developed their own internal LLM large language learning system to have their internal ChatGPT, right? You can create your own internal version of this using open source software and create your own kind of version of a ChatGPT trained on your own company documents, right? So there is a way you can restrict it.

So when I see stories like this, huge companies banning ChatGPT, I do get it. Because the way it works right now, until ChatGPT releases kind of which they did talk about having the ability to have private kind of chats with their ChatGPT system. But until they release that, I'm still very intrigued why huge companies aren't just creating their own. It doesn't take a ton of time. And then you can close off the data.

Because how you use ChatGPT right now, everything you put in there, again, someone, if you're smarter than me, correct me, fact check me here, but ChatGPT or OpenAI, the parent company uses that data to learn, so they're not necessarily publicizing that data.

But as you talk back and forth, if you put in an internal company memo and then you say, hey, help me summarize this, and the first summary isn't good enough, and you go back, it's using that, learning about, talking about your document to improve the future ChatGPT experience.

Apple is Releasing Voice Cloning

Jordan [00:08:32]:

So when you do upload something to ChatGPT, they are using it to help learn better in the future. So apple says no to ChatGPT. But last news story of the day, apple is saying yes to voice cloning. Someone, if if you're watching this, drop me a comment because I'm very this is a polarizing topic to me.

So Apple is releasing voice cloning. Apparently it's going to be out later this year. Yes, actually voice cloning. So you essentially are going to talk for about 15 minutes and record audio on your iPhone or iPad and Apple is going to learn enough to be able to clone your voice, right? Nothing new.

Jordan [00:09:16]:

There's great companies out there that do this. So you have eleven labs, some other great text to speech and kind of speech to speech, different companies out there really pushing this in the AI space. But I'm not sure about this Apple piece making this technology available to the everyday person. I don't know how I feel about it.

Obviously, Apple is promoting and pushing the benefits to this. So they're saying that there's obviously diseases and conditions where people may start to lose their voice or to lose their ability to just cognitive function and put together thoughts. So that is the positive use case. And don't get me wrong, I do think that's an amazing use case for this technology.

Jordan [00:10:10]:

If you think of a loved one and maybe they're losing their ability to speak for whatever reason or cognitively, yes, it might be nice to have that voice cloning feature. However, this is one of those instances where I think the ability for misinformation far outweighs the potential benefit. Presumably Apple hasn't released all of the details. Presumably this will be highly secured. I would hope. I would hope that you have to use Face ID and a combination of a password in order to create something. I can see a lot of bad uses for this. Right? There's already been so many stories about how this voice cloning technology that's been out for years.

Jordan [00:11:01]:

You know I mentioned eleven labs is one of them. But you know, there's scams that are, that are running where, you know, people are cloning people's voices. You know, because here's the thing. If you wanted to right now, I don't want to say this because someone could do it. This everyday AI show, we go live every day, you could go through and download my voice and get it just right to mimic or copy my voice. I know that there are certain scripts you have to read, but it can be done. There's workarounds. But I still don't feel great about this because I do think that this is going to lead to a lot of scams, a lot of misinformation.

Jordan [00:11:42]:

Even if you could steal someone's phone and if you know their passcode, you could get that person's voice to say anything you wanted. So maybe I'm being a little too scared about it. Eric says he likes voice mimicking for personal use, but would want it to be 100% local. Absolutely. I do believe at least the initial reporting, eric is saying that this is local. I would hope that this is not something you could do cloud based by logging onto your Apple icloud account online. I would hope it's only on your local phone. Carrie former Guest carrie, what's up? So Carrie is saying, I wonder if that would be a decent application for distributed ledger identity verification.

Jordan [00:12:31]:

Carrie, you're obviously way smarter than me. I am not 100% sure what the ledger identity verification is, so you'll have to drop me another comment. But again, I want to get into the ChatGPT news, but a lot going on today with the big companies, ChatGPT, Meta, Apple. It's going to be fascinating to follow along.

ChatGPT iOS App Just Launched

So let's get into what we started with so, talking about ChatGPT. So they just released less than 24 hours ago, their official iOS app and it is the number one app in the world. And hot take, I think it's kind of a flop. So let me tell you why.

Jordan [00:13:18]:

But first, let me just go a little bit into some of the background here so hopefully everyone can understand this. So I'm going to go ahead and bring up a couple of screenshots here. So if you're listening to this on the podcast later, I'm going to do my best to describe it to you. But for those of you joining live, you can see here. So this right here is a chart showing kind of search demand for ChatGPT app. And you can see it exploded yesterday. The daily search volume went up about almost ten x yesterday. So there's other quote, unquote, I'm using air quotes, if you're listening on the podcast, there's other ChatGPT apps out there, but they are not the official one.

Jordan [00:14:12]:

So the one that was released just less than 24 hours ago is from OpenAI. It is the official app from OpenAI which brings the power of ChatGPT to your iPhone. So this is the start of the story we're going to see. Okay, there's demand. Great.

New Beta Features with ChatGPT Premium (Web Browsing and Plugins)

Okay, so now let's talk about before we get into why I think that the iPhone app, at least as it is now, is not that great. We need to explain what else has recently happened with ChatGPT. Okay, so bringing up a new screen here.

Jordan [00:14:55]:

So ChatGPT for the pro plan. So you have to be paying $20 a month to get access to this. But they have slowly, I think they announced this last Friday, so it's been one week. So if you are on a paid plan by now, you should have access to these beta features. So, hot tip right now, these things don't get enabled by default. A lot of people didn't know that. There was people confused on Twitter, other places saying, hey, where is it? You have to go into your settings. So that's what I have up here on the screen.

Jordan [00:15:26]:

You have to go into your settings, click on Beta features and you may have one of these, you may have both, you may have three. I'm still waiting for the code interpreter. But as you can see on the screen here, you can enable web browsing and you can enable plugins. Why does this matter? Number one, if you do not enable these, or if you have the free version of ChatGPT, it is only trained through September 2021. So if you want to know something recent, you don't have it. Its knowledge base as a LLM large language model cuts off at 2021. So step number one for ChatGPT, as we talk about the differences and why I don't think the iOS app is great right now, you have to enable these beta features. Okay, so next, another screenshot here.

Jordan [00:16:24]:

Once you do that, it's still not going to work by default. This is very important. I've seen so many people get confused about this. I was even talking to someone yesterday who had access to this, but they didn't know that they had to enable it again from the drop down. So you'll see here when you log on to ChatGPT, plus if you're a paid subscriber, it always defaults to what's called GPT 3.5, which is fast, it's unlimited. It was called Turbo. Previously So there's different models. Okay, so you're going to want to make sure to go to ChatGPT4.

Jordan [00:16:57]:

But even from there, even after you go and enable the plugins of the web browsing, it's not going to enable it by default. So you can only choose one of these two at a time. And I'm actually going to hit pause right there because number one, I need a drink of water. But number two, please, if you are watching live right now, go to your everyday Ai.com. Sign up for our newsletter. We're going to be announcing a video series. It's going to be free, you just need your email to log in. So we're going to be going over a lot of what I'm talking about now, but in a little more depth.

Jordan [00:17:33]:

So if you want to check that out, please go to your everydayai.com. Also, we're giving away two free premium licenses, so we're paying for them. You get them for one year, two different licenses to ChatGPT plus. So if you only have the free version, if right now in your budget, you can't afford to be paying $20 a month for something like this, go sign up. We're giving it away. All right, water break, here we go. All right, so after you have to choose between browsing and plugins, you can't choose both. And I'll get into a little bit about what that means here.

Jordan [00:18:11]:

All right, so even after that, so let's say you want to use plugins. So plugins are third party applications that really help bring in new functionality for ChatGPT. I say it kind of like this plugins for ChatGPT allow it to become more of an actual assistant because you can connect to other third party services and actually do things. So as an example, there's plugins for OpenTable, so you can actually type into ChatGPT, say, hey, I'm from Chicago, so, hey, I want reservations tonight. Friday night in Chicago, 730 Italian place, kind of fancy, not too expensive, it's going to give me options. I say this one and it books it. My reservation is done. You have to connect your account, right? But that's what a plugin does.

Jordan [00:19:04]:

It brings a whole new level of functionality without ever having to leave the ChatGPT interface. But sorry, that was a set up there. So now on the screen here, even after you enable plugins or switch to plugin mode, you have to enable individual plugins, okay? So you have to quote, unquote, install them. And another caveat, something important to understand is you can only have three enabled at once. I hope that changes. One other point to talk about is you cannot directly talk to plugins. So ChatGPT is essentially going to say, hey, based on this query, we think it's going to be best if you use this plugin. So there's a browsing plugin there's, like I said, OpenTable, Zillow.

Jordan [00:19:52]:

There's a lot of great ones, there's stock market ones all over the place. But if you ask a question and it says okay. I think this is going to be best for this plugin. Then it will use that plugin if you have it enabled, a little tricky. Again, we'll be doing tutorials for those, so make sure you go sign up. Thank you, Deb. I'm glad this is great info. Yeah, I know we're already a little over, but we're going to keep going with it since we have people tuned in.

Why The New ChatGPT iOS App Isn’t That Great…Yet

Jordan [00:20:20]:

If you have questions about the ChatGPT iOS app, let me know, I promise. This is about the app I really just had to lay the groundwork for why I don't think it's great right now. Because all of these things right, finally getting to it now. All right, so now on my screen, I'm finally sharing a screenshot of the iOS app. It works, it's fast, it's great. But here's why I think it's not that great right now. Even if you are a plus subscriber, at least at the time of this everyday AI live, you do not have access to plugins or browsing. So if you're a free ChatGPT user, you're not going to know a difference.

Jordan [00:21:10]:

This may be the best thing since sliced bread. Also, before sliced bread, how did you eat it? Just sorry, do you just eat it like eating an apple? I'm not sure. So right now on the screen, I have an example. I'm asking the ChatGPT iOS app, what happened in the stock market this week and what does it mean for the everyday investor? And I get the response that says, hey, I don't know anything past September 2021. So even though I am a paid subscriber and I have access to this information, when I use it on my desktop, the app does not have it. To me, that automatically makes it not very useful. So you're probably saying, Jordan, well, hey, having something is better than nothing, right? Well, let me tell you a little hack, all right? If you want ChatGPT on your phone and you want it to be super smart and you want it to know and understand everything, just use it in your mobile browser. So now I have a screenshot asking the exact same question I'm logged into just on my iPhone.

Jordan [00:22:24]:

So mobile safari. And you can see at the top here, I have plugins enabled. So I have a news plugin enabled, the browsing plugin, and one other here. So I asked the same question. What happened in the stock market this week and what does it mean for the everyday investor? And at least I have the screenshot here and I scrolled it's actually. Great. It's great advice, right? Like what it gave me with these plugins enabled was up to date information this week, not this month. And it was actually very informative.

Jordan [00:22:55]:

If I wanted to get that level of information, I probably would have had to read at least four or five different news articles. So this took it takes a little longer. It probably took about 20 to 30 seconds to generate deb. I absolutely agree. This was an AHA moment. Like, use it on mobile, right? So don't get me wrong, I did see some people kind of not roasting, but just being like, hey, this is great ChatGPT, but it's actually limiting the capabilities. So personally, I'm a little surprised that they released this without access to browsing capabilities and plugins. And here's the reason.

Jordan [00:23:41]:

It's not like this is new. There's actually been and we'll try to link this in the newsletter today. There's been a handful of other ChatGPT apps. So you can essentially use their API and create your own app and you incur the cost, but you kind of pass those costs to whatever users. But there's been a handful of other ChatGPT apps in the app store for months. Go look them up. And a lot of them have been making millions that's with an S, millions of dollars since they released. So again, there's already been options out here.

Jordan [00:24:19]:

So I am a little bit surprised that ChatGPT released this app. It's number one in the world, which is no surprise. But hot tip, guys, this is why our team spends hundreds of hours a month diving into all of these things AI to save you time. So if you're on your phone and if you want to get the most out of ChatGPT, do not use the app. For now, just download or sorry, just use it on your mobile Safari. You can even save it to your home screen. So it actually looks and functions like an app. On my first page on my home screen, I have the ChatGPT app.

Jordan [00:25:01]:

I click it, it opens, and it's just like this. Just what you see on the screen here. You're not pinching and zooming. It's very great on mobile. It's responsive, it's fast. Check it out. So, thank you for sticking with us. We went a little over time.

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Jordan [00:25:17]:

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Jordan [00:25:49]:

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