Solana Labs, the development firm behind the Solana blockchain, has announced a new open-source plugin that will allow users to interact with the Solana network through an AI chatbot. The plugin is enabled on OpenAI’s ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot that can retrieve information from online sources and interact with third-party websites to respond to user commands.

According to Solana Labs, the plugin will enable ChatGPT to check wallet balances, transfer Solana-native tokens, and purchase non-fungible tokens (NFTs) when OpenAI makes the plugins available. The plugin works by retrieving on-chain data that developers may be interested in and interacting with the Solana block explorer.

The development of the new plugin has sparked some controversy on Twitter, with some users calling for Solana to focus on developing a “working block explorer” instead. However, Solana Labs seems to be placing more focus on AI, having recently announced $1 million in funding for projects that build AI tools on the Solana blockchain.

It remains to be seen whether the new plugin will be launched when OpenAI makes the plugin feature available to all users. Nonetheless, the development of this plugin is an exciting step towards more seamless integration of AI and blockchain technologies.

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