OpenAI has introduced custom instructions for its AI chatbot ChatGPT to offer personalized experience to users. The feature is currently in beta and available for the paid plan (ChatGPT plus) users, the company announced today, adding that it will be expanding to all users over the next few weeks.

The feature that gives users more control on how the chatbot responds can easily be enabled from Beta features tab in settings on web and new features tab on iOS. When enabled, ChatGPT considers custom instructions for every conversation going forward, making it easy for users to receive personalized responses. Whenever applicable, the instructions will also work with plugins.

“We’ve heard your feedback about the friction of starting each ChatGPT conversation afresh. Through our conversations with users across 22 countries, we’ve deepened our understanding of the essential role steerability plays in enabling our models to effectively reflect the diverse contexts and unique needs of each person,” stated the company, announcing the feature.

Sharing some examples of how custom instructions can be used, the announcement noted that a teacher crafting a lesson plan no longer has to repeat that they’re teaching 3rd grade science, and a developer can say just once that they’re looking for efficient code in a language that’s not Python and its understood for all the future responses.

Here are some of the thought starters ChatGPT shares when a user tries to add their first custom instruction.

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, commenting on the launch of the new feature said that it is just one small step towards more personalized AI, “but a surprisingly fun/useful one.”

The feature according to the announcement is currently not available in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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