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OpenAI introduces customized ChatGPT instructions

According to reports, the custom instructions option has been removed for some users. We’re checking into it, but in the meantime, please don’t be surprised if the feature is not currently accessible.

OpenAI has just launched custom instructions for ChatGPT users, so they no longer need to input the same instruction prompts every time they interact with the chatbot, such as “Keep the response formal” or “Keep the answer under 1,000 words.”

This feature, according to the company, allows you to “share anything you’d like ChatGPT to consider in its response.” For instance, a teacher can specify that they teach fourth-grade arithmetic, or a developer can specify the preferred programming language when requesting suggestions.

A person can also specify the size of their family, allowing ChatGPT to provide appropriate responses regarding meal, grocery, and vacation planning.

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Despite the fact that users can already specify these details while chatting with the bot, custom instructions are useful if they frequently need to define the same context.

The instructions also function with plug-ins, making it simpler to recommend restaurants or flights based on your location.

OpenAI noted that the feature is available for Plus plan subscribers but will not be accessible to users outside of the EU and the United Kingdom. Currently, it is a beta feature.

By selecting their name and navigating to Settings > Beta Features > Opt into Custom Instructions, users can test out this feature on the web. Users can access this on iOS by navigating to Settings > New Features > Enable Custom Instructions.

Notably, OpenAI asserts that the information provided with the customized responses will be used to train its API models to adapt to various instructions.

“Information from your use of custom instructions will also be used to enhance model performance, such as teaching the model how to adapt its responses to your instructions without going overboard,” the company explained. Through their data control settings, users can opt out of this setting.

According to consultant Gavriel Cohen on Twitter, OpenAI has been testing this feature with select users for some time. ChatGPT provides two text fields for users to specify their chat preferences, in which they can provide information about themselves and the manner in which they wish to customize the chatbot’s responses.

After users enter their responses, the modifications will take effect beginning with the subsequent session. The company stated that responses are limited to 1,500 characters.

OpenAI stated that the company uses its moderation API to examine customized instructions for any form of danger. ChatGPT can refuse to save the instructions or disregard them if the resulting responses violate company policy. This is to ensure that users do not enter commands that result in detrimental or hateful responses from ChatGPT.

OpenAI launched ChatGPT for iOS exclusively for American consumers in May. However, after a few weeks, the company expanded its availability to more than 40 countries.

The startup released an iPad app with support for Siri and Shortcuts last month. The company also added the capability for ChatGPT app users to search the web for answers using Bing.

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