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OpenAI rumored to launch ChatGPT search engine this week

OpenAI is rumored to be launching a new search engine product this week, hinted by a mysterious tweet and domain change. It’s unclear if these rumors are accurate or not.

A screenshot of a hypothetical ChatGPT interface with the logo and the prompt "How can I help you today?" alongside example tasks such as idea generation, explaining concepts, and writing an email. There are options to sign up or log in at the bottom left corner.
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UPDATE 5/10/2024: Open AI officially announced an event for Monday, May 13, 2024. Sam Altman teased a demo event on X (formerly Twitter) for Monday, 13, 2024 and claims “it feels like magic.”

ChatGPT is rumored to be rolling out a search engine this week, and truthfully, the timing couldn’t have been any better. More on that later.

Speculations are circulating after a new domain, “search.chatgpt.com,” appeared in the wild, generating enthusiasm and curiosity among AI fans.

Fueling the fire, AI influencer Pete Huang’s cryptic tweet “Search (dot) ChatGPT (dot) com May 9th” has set tongues wagging and fingers typing across Rumorville.

The rumors surrounding the potential ChatGPT search engine product seem to have originated from a post on Y Combinator’s Hacker News community.

Social media post by Pete promoting ChatGPT search.
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This post highlighted the creation of a domain name and security certificate for “search.chatgpt.com,” stirring up speculation about what OpenAI might have in store.

Additionally, Huang’s tweet mentioning the same domain added more fuel to the growing rumor mill.

Is this rumor legit?

Short Answer: Probably not. If there’s any truth to it, there is probably a good reason why.

One logical alternative perspective could be that Pete Huang’s tweet about “search.chatgpt.com” may not necessarily indicate the development of a new ChatGPT search engine product.

It could be possible that the domain registration and security certificate are part of routine maintenance or future planning by OpenAI, rather than a direct indication of a new product launch.

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Furthermore, speculations based solely on a domain name and a tweet may not always accurately reflect a company’s actual plans or developments.

OpenAI dropping a search engine out of the blue like this is going a ton of folks happy. very happy

But hey, if OpenAI were to drop a search product this week, oof, it would be a direct call to arms for Google.

Remember, this is the same company that made Google rush out two utterly trash chat-like products. They were so bad that Google shut one down and then rolled out Gemini, which was called something else and something else before that.

As for an OpenAI search engine, We’ll keep an ear to the ground, but again, don’t hold your breath.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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