Opera will feature a new sidebar that includes various generative AI services, while Microsoft Edge is integrating AI capabilities as well.

Opera has revealed its intention to include features powered by ChatGPT and Google Bard in upcoming versions of its browser. Following its prompt adoption of Web3 technology through the Opera Crypto Browser, Opera intends to take a similar approach with generative AI. The company aims to incorporate these features in the browser’s sidebar.

Although Opera is not the only browser integrating new AI features, Microsoft has also announced that it will incorporate AI into its Edge Sidebar. Users can request a summary of a company report, obtain key insights, and compare financial data with a competitor, and the browser will automatically present the information in a table. In addition, Edge can assist with content creation.

Opera’s AI Feature Powered by ChatGPT: Shorten

Opera’s initial AI feature for testing will be the “Shorten” button, which provides a quick summary of the current article being viewed. By clicking the Shorten button located in the address bar, the browser will generate a condensed bullet point summary of the article within a sidebar window.

Shorten: Opera's New AI-Powered Web Browser Feature

Opera has shared a demonstration of its “Shorten” feature on YouTube.

The demo demonstrates how OpenAI’s WebGPT summarizes an article about NASA’s Hubble Telescope. This may be a subtle reference to Google’s recent mishap during the first demo of Bard, where it gave an incorrect response to a question related to discoveries made by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Opera’s announcement of its “Shorten” feature came after Microsoft revealed the integration of ChatGPT features in Edge, as well as a new version of the Bing search engine that uses a more recent version of GPT-3 models compared to the ones powering ChatGPT currently.

Opera’s Aim

Opera plans to include various AI-generated content services in the browser’s sidebar, but it has not yet disclosed the specific services. Additionally, the company is developing new browser features that will integrate with the chatbot.

The concept behind generating summaries is that Opera anticipates ChatGPT and similar AI services to generate a vast amount of content on the web, which may overwhelm users. Therefore, it believes that users will require assistance in comprehending all of the additional information.

According to a blog post by Opera, the volume of content on the web is unmanageable for users to process. Generative AI can help create written materials faster, resulting in an increase in the amount of content.

Shorten: Opera's New AI-Powered Web Browser Feature

OpenAI’s WebGPT experiment aimed to enhance the factual accuracy of GPT-3’s responses and tackle its “hallucination” of information by utilizing a text-based web browser.

Opera believes we are on the cusp of a new era of creativity on the web with the emergence of AI solutions for text, image, audio generation, and more. Opera is revamping its browser to empower users with the ability to access all available resources and harness their full potential in the most effective manner.

Krystian Kolondra – EVP of PC Browsers & Gaming at Opera

Along with ChatGPT, Opera is also considering using Google’s APIs for its generative AI services. In March, Google plans to provide public access to its Generative Language API, which will be initially powered by LaMDA, the language model that also powers Bard.

The emergence of Generative Intelligence marks the start of a new era where consumer app developers like Opera can create experiences using AI-based platforms. Wetterdal expressed excitement about the fast deployment of developer programs for solutions like Google Bard and Opera’s own efforts to build and introduce new browsing experiences that were previously thought to be unachievable.

Per Wetterdal – Head of Strategic Partnerships & AI at Opera