Opera Will Integrate ChatGPT into Web Browser to Summarize Websites
Web browser platform Opera will start offering ChatGPT-related generative AI features to PC and mobile users. Opera users will be able to get ChatGPT-powered summaries of websites and articles, with other generative AI tools coming soon.
Opera’s new “Shorten” tool will sit on the menu bar and produce a sidebar with bullet points summarizing the text of the visible webpage when clicked, as seen in the video above. The company described it as the first of many generative AI tools, including more connections with generative AI. The Shorten generative AI feature is set to roll out soon to all Opera browser users.
“In more than 25 years of our company’s history, we have always been at the forefront of browser innovation. Whether inventing browser tabs or providing our users with built-in access to generative AI tools, we always push the limits of what’s possible on the web,” Opera CEO Song Lin said. “Following the mass interest in generative AI tools, we believe it’s now time for browsers to step up and become the gateway to an AI-powered web.”
Opera’s announcement of a feature that isn’t available yet may have been rushed out to capitalize on the enormous hype surrounding Microsoft’s plan to revamp its Edge browser and Bing search engine with ChatGPT as an “AI-powered copilot.” Summarizing text on a website is one of the abilities the Prometheus large language model offers users. OpenAI and Microsoft created Prometheus as an upgrade to the GPT-3.5 model used by ChatGPT. Combined with Google’s announcement of plans for a LaMDA-powered Bard generative AI chatbot, Opera likely wanted to strike while all eyes are on the intersection of web browsers and generative AI.
“It is Opera’s belief that with AI solutions springing up both for text, image, and audio generation and in countless other forms, we are at the brink of a new era of creativity on the Web,” Opera executive vice president of PC browsers and gaming Krystian Kolondra said. “That’s why we’re reshaping the browser to allow our users to tap into all these resources and to unfold their full potential in the best possible way.”