ChatGPT will now remember – and forget – things you say to it


You will soon be able to say it ChatGPT to forget things – or remember specific things in future conversations.

Today, as part of a test, OpenAI began rolling out new “memory” controls for a small portion of free ChatGPT and paid users, with a wider rollout to follow at an unspecified future time. Commands allow you to explicitly tell ChatGPT to remember something, see what it remembers, or disable its memory altogether.

OpenAI explains in a blog post:

“ChatGPT can now transmit what it learns between chats, allowing it to provide more relevant answers… When you chat with ChatGPT, you can ask it to remember something specific or let it retrieve it itself the details. ChatGPT’s memory will improve the more you use it and you will start to notice improvements over time.

It’s not difficult to imagine scenarios in which a ChatGPT with memory could prove useful.

If, for example, you want ChatGPT to remind you that you live in the suburbs and therefore prefer driving to public transportation, you can simply tell it that fact (e.g. “Remember, I live in the suburbs and which I mainly drive.”). Or if you want her child-rearing advice to relate to younger children because you have a child in preschool, you can highlight it (for example, “Remember, I have a child in kindergarten. “).

OpenAI also lists several ways memory could be useful in a business context, such as remembering tone, voice, and formatting preferences for blog posts, programming languages, and frameworks.

ChatGPT memory

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GPT — personalized chatbots powered by OpenAI models, available via the GPT Shop – have their own memories. The Books GPT, for example, can automatically remember the books you’ve already read and the genres you prefer. But these memories are never shared with ChatGPT – or vice versa.

The memory feature for ChatGPT and GPT can be disabled at any time from the ChatGPT settings menu, and when disabled, ChatGPT and GPT will not create or use memories. From this same menu you can view and delete specific memories or clear all memories.

Note that deleting a chat from chat history will not clear ChatGPT or a GPT’s memories: you must delete the memory itself.

Now, we imagine that ChatGPT could, over time, accumulate a lot of sensitive personal information in its memory, especially since the memory function is enabled by default. OpenAI recognizes this possibility – and also claims that it could use memories to improve its models, with an exception for ChatGPT. business clients and users who opt out.

But OpenAI also says it is taking steps to prevent ChatGPT from “proactively” remembering sensitive information, such as health details, unless a user explicitly asks it to do so.

“ChatGPT memories evolve with your interactions and are not tied to specific conversations,” writes OpenAI. “[And] memories, such as discussions, with GPTs are not shared with GPT creators.

For a more privacy-friendly experience, OpenAI is rolling out a new temporary chat feature in ChatGPT, initially limited to a small subset of free and subscription users. With temporary chat, you can essentially chat on a blank page; ChatGPT will not be aware of previous conversations or access memories, but will follow personalized instructions if they are activated.

ChatGPT Temporary chat

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OpenAI says, however, that it can keep a temporary copy of chat conversations for up to 30 days for “security reasons.”


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