OpenAI announced this week that it plans to start charging for its AI-powered natural language processing chatbot tool ChatGPT soon. “Our goal is to improve and maintain the service, and monetization is one way we’re considering to ensure its long-term viability,” the company said on its Discord server.
The premium version of ChatGPT will be tentatively called ChatGPT Professional. According to the waitlist form released by OpenAI.. ChatGPT Professional will have many benefits, such as faster responses from ChatGPT, unlimited messages, and no blackout windows (ie always available).
The waitlist form asks various questions, such as “How do you use ChatGPT?” “At what price (per month) would you consider ChatGPT so expensive that you would not consider buying it?” and “At what price (per month) would you consider ChatGPT so low that you would not consider buying it?” Will the quality not be very good?” Among others.
OpenAI will reach out to those selected to set up a payment process and “pilot”. However, the company notes that the program is in the experimental stages and they are not generally making paid access available at this time.
Within a week of its launch late last year, ChatGPT has amassed over a million users., helping people write emails, code and long-form content, among others. Microsoft is reportedly working to unveil a ChatGPT-enabled version of its Bing search engine. The company is reportedly considering a $10 billion investment in OpenAI.
However, some people are not happy with the popularity of ChatGPT. For example, the New York City Department of Education recently decided to block access to ChatGPT on school devices and networks, citing concerns that its information may not always be accurate and that That students can use technology to write their essays. Also, a college student named Edward Tian has developed GPTZero, an app that can determine whether an article is written by a human or ChatGPT.