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ChatGPT memory gives new information about you to OpenAI chatbot

Talking to an AI chatbot can feel a bit like Groundhog Day after a while, when you tell it for the umpteenth time how you like the format of your emails and which of these “fun things to do this weekend” » you’ve already done it six times. OpenAI is trying to solve this problem and significantly customize its own bot. It deploys a “memory” for ChatGPT, which will allow the bot to remember information about you and your conversations over time.

Memory works in two ways. You can ask ChatGPT to remember something specific about you: you always write code in Javascript, your boss’s name is Anna, your child is allergic to sweet potatoes. Or ChatGPT may simply try to retrieve these details over time, storing information about you as you ask questions and get answers. In either case, the goal is for ChatGPT to feel a little more personal and a little smarter, without needing to be reminded every time.

Each custom GPT you use will also have its own memory. OpenAI uses Books GPT as an example: with memory enabled, it can automatically remember the books you’ve already read and the genres you prefer. There are plenty of places in the GPT Store where you can imagine memory might be useful, by the way. Tutor Me might offer a much better course load in the long run once it knows what you know; Kayak could go directly to your favorite airlines and hotels; GymStreak could track your progress over time.

Memory is a feature ChatGPT desperately needs – and a total minefield

In many ways, memory is a feature that ChatGPT desperately needs. It’s also a real minefield. OpenAI’s strategy here is a lot like how other Internet services learn about you: they watch you operate their services, find out what you search for, what you click on, what you like, or whatever. or else, and develop a profile of you over time.

But this approach, of course, makes many people uncomfortable! Many users are already concerned that their questions and missives will be picked up by OpenAI and fed back into the system as training data to help further personalize the bot; The idea of ​​ChatGPT “knowing” users is both cool and scary.

OpenAI claims it keeps users in control of ChatGPT’s memory and has trained the system not to remember sensitive things like information about your health. You can always ask ChatGPT what it knows about you and tell the bot to forget something or delete it in the new Manage Memory settings section. OpenAI also offers temporary chat as a sort of incognito mode: a way to have a quick conversation without affecting ChatGPT’s memories of you. You can also disable it completely across your entire account.

By default, memory will be enabled and OpenAI says that memories will be used to train its models in the future. (Businesses using ChatGPT Enterprise and Teams will not have their data returned to models.)

For now, Memory is only a test, open to a “small portion” of users, the company said in its blog post announcing the feature. But it’s easy to imagine how quickly it could become an essential part of how we interact with ChatGPT, for better or worse. Robots are getting smarter and learning about us very quickly.

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