How Did ChatGPT Have Real-time Access to Date?

Chatgpt told me that the current date is 2024-01-01, and it’s really correct. I couldn’t understand how ChatGPT does have access to current date.

The date is in a message supplied to the AI model, before the message that you type yourself. It tells the AI its name and what it is, along with today’s date.

Something fun? Take an old Chat from ChatGPT. Ask it today’s date (as I just did). It gives the date of this old chat, which hasn’t been interacted with since July:

but then edit the question to make a new thread branch? What happens (besides more refusal)?

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