ChatGPT gets several new features, including multi-document chat

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OpenAI wants to alleviate the fear of “empty chats” and now offers random suggestions for prompts to help you get started in ChatGPT. Other new features include chatting over multiple documents, which could prove particularly useful.

ChatGPT is designed to take the fear of blank paper away from writers with quick drafts. But, according to OpenAI, an empty chat page can be just as “intimidating”.

So anyone who actually logs into ChatGPT without a task or question ready for the model can now click on a random prompt suggestion from OpenAI instead.

However, these are still so random that the feature is currently of little use. In my tests, I was able to brainstorm names for soft drinks, a database schema for an online store, and a trip to Seoul in the native language. None of these suggestions were relevant to me.

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Obviously, OpenAI wants to show the diversity of ChatGPT. In the future, the company could suggest personalized prompts based on past user behavior, making it easier to discover new uses for ChatGPT, similar to Google’s search autocomplete.

ChatGPT tries to keep the conversation going and supports text tasks across multiple documents

Another new feature is recommended responses to ChatGPT’s generated text, designed to deepen ongoing conversations (see screenshot below). Google offers a similar feature with its SGE generative AI search: A search query leads to a direct response with recommended questions, which then leads to a Bard-like chat environment.

ChatGPT generates contextual questions about the chat. | Bild: Screenshot by THE DECODER

A major new feature is the ability to upload multiple files: ChatGPT can now parse and process data from multiple sources in parallel. This feature is accessible in the CodeInterpreter via the small “+” in the lower-left corner of the chat input window.

In my test, I was able to upload two Word documents, create a full summary of both documents, and have it find overlapping content. ChatGPT also extracted relevant excerpts from both documents 1:1 when I asked it to do so.

With this feature, you can do a kind of style transfer – edit document B in the style of document A – and many other textual tasks, especially parallel research in multiple documents.

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