Just tried the web browsing plugin and asked about current date time. It seems it is reading some sort of cached data? The results returned not matching current time and its reference url. Just wondering how often does it gets refreshed ?
ChatGPT does not have an internal clock. It relies on system messages to know the current date. If you want to inquire about the date, there is no need for it to be connected to the internet.
However, ChatGPT is not aware of the real-time clock. When I try to fetch the time, it accesses websites like https://time.is/ and provides an answer, which is accurate.
The Browsing plugin utilizes the Bing search API, but it cannot guarantee that the search results always contain the correct answer.
Overall, I don’t think it is necessary to ask ChatGPT for the actual date or time since it is just a conversational model. Of course, we can hope that the official version will include a clock instead of relying on the Browsing plugin to fetch information from the internet.
By the way, I wrote an article about Browsing plugin, but in Chinese, you can read it with the help of translation extension. https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/629822337