Strengthening ChatGPT’s temporal context for improved utility and richer interaction

Dear OpenAI Team,

I am writing to propose a feature update for ChatGPT that I believe could greatly enhance the model’s user experience and further open up possibilities for research and experimentation. This new feature involves embedding time-stamps in ChatGPT’s conversations, allowing the AI to reference them during interactions. Below, I outline the reasons and potential advantages this update can bring to our user community and scientific research.

  1. Temporal Context: As an AI model, ChatGPT provides outstanding responses based on its training data and the user inputs. However, without the ability to reference the actual time and date of a conversation, its contextual understanding remains incomplete. By time-stamping chats, ChatGPT could gain a temporal context that can lead to more accurate, timely, and relevant responses. It could understand the difference between ‘morning’ and ‘evening’ queries, understand weekdays versus weekends, or understand user inputs that reference a specific date and time.
  2. Enhanced User Experience: From wishing users on special occasions to discussing historical events with precise dates, ChatGPT can significantly improve its user interaction if it can reference the date and time. Users could schedule reminders, receive alerts for upcoming events, or discuss their day based on the time stamp of the conversation.
  3. Effective Tracking for Experimentation: For researchers and experimenters, being able to understand and analyze the chronology of conversations can be crucial. Time-stamps can provide researchers with the means to better track, analyze, and understand the patterns and contexts in the AI-user interaction over time.
  4. Potential for Time-Based Training: With the introduction of time-stamps, ChatGPT could potentially be trained to understand the passage of real-world time. It could learn seasonal contexts, correlate historical events with dates, or understand user behavior changes over a day, week, or year.

By incorporating time-stamps into ChatGPT’s interactions, we can bridge a significant contextual gap in its understanding and responses. This improvement not only enhances the model’s functionality and user experience but also expands our ability to explore AI’s potential, pushing the boundaries of what AI can comprehend and achieve.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to discussing this feature proposal in further detail.

Best regards,