ChatGPT Plus: OpenAI launches viral AI chatbot subscription service
OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, announced on Wednesday, it piloted a $20-a-month subscription plan it’s offering to consumers priority access to the AI chatbot even during peak hours.
The paid plan, called ChatGPT Plus, comes two months after the tool went public and it quickly went viralthanks to its ability to generate shockingly persuasive essays in response to user prompts.
Many people who wanted to test the tool were locked out or joined the waiting list. Now anyone who signs up for a subscription will benefit from faster response times and priority access to new features and improvements.
However, the tool will remain free to the general public.
“We love our free users and will continue to offer free access to ChatGPT,” the company said in a blog post. “By offering this subscription pricing, we’ll be able to help keep free access to as many people as possible.”
ChatGPT Plus will be available first in the United States and other countries soon after, according to the company. OpenAI said it will begin inviting people from its waiting list in the coming weeks. The company also said it is “actively exploring options for lower cost plans, business plans and data bundles for more affordability.”
“The ChatGPT preview allowed us to learn from real-world usage, and we’ve made important improvements and updates based on feedback,” the company said in a statement to CNN.
Since being made available in late November, ChatGPT has been used to generate original essays, short stories and song lyrics in response to user prompts. He has produced summaries of scientific papers that have misled some scientists. Some CEOs even have use it to write emails or perform accounting work.
As long as there is gained popularity among usersalso raised some concerns, including about inaccuracies, its potential to perpetuate bias and spread misinformation, and the ability to help students cheat.
Earlier this week, OpenAI announced new feature, called an “artificial intelligence text classifier” that allows users to check whether an essay is written by a human or an AI. The release came amid concerns that an AI chatbot could help students and professionals generate persuasive essays. However, the new tool is “imperfect,” according to the company.
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