It was recently revealed that OpenAI has announced that it is currently working on a professional version AI chatbot ChatGPT.
Greg Brockman, co-founder and president of OpenAI, announced on Twitter that the professional version of the AI chatbot "will offer high limits and much faster performance." However, Brockman specifies that the use of the API will not be tied to the professional version.
ChatGPT's popularity has been growing since its launch in late November, with people flocking to take advantage of the system's capabilities.
ChatGPT had to deal with hundreds of thousands of requests of users creating reports, tests, and sometimes even code. OpenAI says it has been forced to implement usage limits, introducing a queuing system during peak periods and other methods to minimize demand.
This includes an on-screen message that reads: “We are experiencing exceptionally high demand. Please be patient as we work to scale our systems.” According to the company, enthusiasm for the Chatbot has grown steadily since its launch at the end of November.
It's been free to implement so far, and OpenAI has called it a "research preview," but the company is currently exploring ways to make the platform cost-effective.
The power of ChatGPT gives OpenAI "significant leverage" over the price the company can charge for access. In an announcement on the company's official Discord server, OpenAI said that it is
"starting to think about how to monetize ChatGPT" as one of the ways to "ensure the long-term viability of the tool." Based on the information available on the subject, the monetized version of ChatGPT should be called “ChatGPT Professional”.
At least, that's according to a waiting list that OpenAI posted on the Discord server, which asks a series of questions about payment preferences. The list also outlines the benefits of ChatGPT Professional, including "off" windows (ie downtime), no throttling, and unlimited messaging with ChatGPT (at least less than 2 times the normal daily limit).
OpenAI notes that respondents from the waitlist may be selected to try ChatGPT Professional, but the program is in an experimental phase and will not be widely available "yet."
All of these moves point to a future where ChatGPT will simply be a feature of other apps, rather than a standalone service. The OpenAI waiting list includes a form which asks questions about using ChatGPT, the most valuable feature it will be used for, and questions about pricing.
It is about evaluating the highest point and the lowest point in which a user would consider the product too expensive or so low that the quality would suffer. Another is related to the point at which the price is "expensive, so it is not ruled out to reach it, but it asks you to think about it before buying it." The last question on the form is to rate from one to five how upset the user would feel if he could no longer use ChatGPT.
The move to a paid level was inevitable given the costs of running the service. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman recently tweeted that "compute costs are exorbitant" and that "company should monetize at some point."
But the question most casual users have is how exactly the free version might evolve. Taken together, the items cited above give a good idea of the kind of restrictions that will soon be placed on the free version of ChatGPT.
ChatGPT Professional comes at a time when OpenAI is under pressure to make a profit with products like ChatGPT. The company expects to earn $200 million by 2023, a pittance compared to the more than $1.000 billion that has been invested in the startup since its inception so far.
Finally, it should be mentioned that interested persons can sign up for a waiting list and wait for the selection date. In doing so, OpenAI also asks for feedback on possible prices and asks for high and low prices per month at which a purchase can be considered.
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