OpenAI, the research lab backed by Microsoft, has announced the release of a paid version of its popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT. Dubbed “ChatGPT Professional,” this upgraded version of the model is now available for $42 per month, and offers a range of features and benefits that are not available with the free version of ChatGPT.
Features of ChatGPT Professional
- High Demand Availability: One of the key benefits of ChatGPT Professional is that it is available during high demand periods, with no blackout windows or throttling.
- Priority Access to New Features: Subscribers of ChatGPT Professional will have priority access to new features and updates as they are released.
- Faster Response Rate: ChatGPT Professional claims to have a faster response rate than the free version of the model.
- Increased API Request Limits: Subscribers will also have access to increased API request limits, allowing them to make more requests per month.
- Customizable to user needs: The exact features and pricing of the ChatGPT Professional plan can vary depending on the specific needs of the user and the agreements made with OpenAI.
Availability of ChatGPT Professional
It is important to note that ChatGPT Professional is not publicly accessible. It is based on selection, and the company posted a waitlist link on its Discord server for the same.
Users interested in subscribing to ChatGPT Professional can request to be added to the waitlist by visiting the OpenAI Discord server.
Popularity of ChatGPT
Since its release last November, the LLM-based ChatGPT has garnered widespread popularity for generating texts and ideas from scratch, including explaining complex concepts, writing code, crafting poems, and so on.
However, the launch of a paid version of the model has raised questions about the future of the free version of ChatGPT, and whether or not it will continue to be available to the public.
Google’s Response to ChatGPT’s Popularity
n a recent interview, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman confirmed that the team is working on launching a video model soon, though he emphasized that he “wouldn’t want to make a competent prediction about when”
A month into ChatGPT’s release in December 2022, Google expressed concern over the growing popularity of the model and its potential impact on its ad revenue. According to Sridhar Ramaswamy, a former leader of Google’s ad team, the use of ChatGPT could lead to fewer clicks on Google links that include ads, which is a significant source of revenue for the company. In 2021, Google’s ad revenue was reported to be $208 billion, representing 81% of Alphabet’s overall revenue.
According to reports, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been in conversation about the company’s response to ChatGPT. They reportedly plan to release more than 20 AI-based products this year, with a demonstration of an AI search chatbot being one of them in its annual I/O event in May.
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