We knew that sooner or later OpenAI would consider monetizing ChatGPT. The decision to make the chatbot publicly available, a key move to enhance the program with user interaction, is costing it million dollars a month to the company run by Sam Altman.
After a series of rumors about the financial goals of OpenAI, the company has announced on Discord that it is working on “ChatGPT Professional”. It is a paid version of ChatGPT that will offer improvements for the most demanding users. However, we will still have to wait to be able to use it.
ChatGPT Professional, waiting list
The ChatGPT Professional project is taking its first steps. OpenAI has opened a waiting list that arrives accompanied by a survey. The idea is that interested users spend a few minutes answering the questions and, if selected, have the chance to test the “experimental” version of the tool.
The questions revolve around the price users will be willing to pay for ChatGPT Professional and what they plan to use it for. Of course, everything seems to indicate that trying the paid version will not be free. OpenAI says: “if selected, we will contact you to set up a payment process and a pilot”.
At the moment, there are no details about the possible release date of this tool either. We do know, however, what they will be some of the features that the company will offer to motivate users to pay a monthly subscription. Let’s see.
OpenAI ensures that the program will be “always available”. Certainly, this may be the most important advantage for all those who use ChatGPT to do professional work. Since a few weeks, if the servers start to get saturated, the tool is no longer available and throws error messages.
Another advantage paid users would receive, according to OpenAI, are quick and complete answers. Here we would find the solution of another of the limitations. In some cases, if the responses currently exceed a certain number of lines, ChatGPT displays the message “Network error”.
Finally, the company says that “as many messages as you need” will be offered. In this case, another point in favor for all those people who make intensive use of ChatGPT and cannot afford to wait several minutes for the program to be available again due to having exceeded the established question limit.
The monetization of ChatGPT, according to the company, will guarantee the long-term program performance. But, yes, everything seems to indicate that this will not be the only financial aid that he will receive. According to Semafor, Microsoft is interested in investing $10 billion in OpenAI, a move that would complement an earlier investment of $1 billion.
It should also be noted that OpenAI has an agreement with Microsoft that positions the latter as the “preferred partner” to market its solutions. In this sense, if ChatGPT becomes a commercial product, we could see those in Redmond involved in part of the process. With time we will know how this story evolves.
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