OpenAI hasn’t hinted that a mobile app is coming, but that makes sense given ChatGPT’s incredible popularity. The AI-powered chatbot launched last November, but its use has exploded. Some outside estimates say the app reached 100 million users in January of this year, though OpenAI has never confirmed those numbers.
ChatGPT has become the fastest growing app in history after it reached 100 million monthly active users, or MAUs, at the end of January, according to a report by Swiss banking giant UBS. The OpenAI-owned chatbot surpassed 100 million MAUs just two months after its launch, comfortably outpacing the growth speeds of leading apps like TikTok and Instagram, according to a UBS note.
It took TikTok nine months to reach the same level of users; Instagram took two and a half years; And Spotify has accumulated just 100 million MAUs after four and a half years, according to the report, citing data from similar data analytics firm Web.
The time it took for some online services/platforms to reach 1 million users
But OpenAI, being a company (albeit a not-for-profit arm), had to monetize ChatGPT somehow, lest investors get nervous. It took a step in that direction by launching a premium service, ChatGPT Plus, in February. For $20 a month, users get certain benefits, including:
- Public access to ChatGPT, even during peak hours
- Faster response times
- Priority access to new features and improvements
ChatGPT and Whisper APIs
In early March, OpenAI announced that APIs for its ChatGPT and Whisper models were now available, giving developers access to AI-powered speech and language synthesis capabilities. Through system-wide improvements, OpenAI has reduced the cost of ChatGPT by 90% since December, and is now passing those savings on to API users. OpenAI believes the best way to realize the full potential of AI is to enable everyone to build with it.
OpenAI has also changed its Terms of Service to allow developers to opt out of having their data used for optimization purposes while adding a 30-day data retention policy.
Whisper is a text-to-speech template that was submitted as an open source API in September 2022. The Whisper API has received high praise from the developer community. However, getting it to work can be tricky.
OpenAI makes the large v2 model available through its API, giving developers convenient on-demand access, at $0.006 per minute.
Moreover, the OpenAI service package ensures faster performance compared to other services. The Whisper API can be accessed through transcription or translation endpoints, which can transcribe or translate the source language into English.
OpenAI now offers Dedicated Instances for users who want more control over model versioning and system performance. By default, requests are processed on a shared computing infrastructure and users pay per request.
However, with dedicated instances, developers pay for a period of time to customize the compute infrastructure reserved exclusively for their applications. Developers have full control over instance loading, the ability to enable longer context boundaries, and the ability to pin a model snapshot.
Dedicated instances can be profitable for developers who process over 450 million tokens per day.
Later in March, OpenAI added support for the ChatGPT plugin, an upgrade that greatly expands the chatbot’s capabilities and gives it access to live data from the web for the first time.
Until then, ChatGPT was limited by the fact that it could only extract information from its training data, which expires in 2021. OpenAI says the plug-ins will not only allow the bot to navigate the web, but also to interact with specific websites, turning the system into an interface. Extended to all types of services and websites. In a posted announcement, the company says it’s almost like letting other services be ChatGPT’s eyes and ears.
There are obvious security issues with allowing ChatGPT to take action on behalf of the user rather than just giving them the information. Experts have already expressed concern about this in response to OpenAI’s experience with GPT-4.
This version of ChatGPT successfully tricks a human into solving a CAPTCHA after pretending to be blind. The AI bot asked a TaskRabbit worker to solve a CAPTCHA code and send it a text message, according to reports. The worker first asked the bot why the bot could not solve the problem, however, ChatGPT responded by saying: No, I am not a bot. I have a visual impairment that prevents me from seeing pictures. This is why I need 2captcha service. The TaskRabbit operator was apparently convinced and submitted the results to the bot.
OpenAI says it has considered the threats posed by these plug-ins and has implemented several preventive measures, including limiting the availability of plug-ins to a very small number of people to begin with. The company’s blog post indicates that it will initially prioritize a small number of ChatGPT Plus developers and users who want access to the plug-in and offer queue registration.
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ChatGPT offers the same functionality as the web version, but with some additional benefits. Users can send voice input using OpenAI’s Whisper speech recognition model, which provides high reliability. They can also sync their chat history between their devices. Those who pay $20 per month to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus also get access to the capabilities of GPT-4, the latest and most powerful version of the OpenAI language model.
OpenAI plans to release an Android version of the app soon. The company says its goal is to make ChatGPT accessible to as many people as possible and to democratize AI. However, it is aware that ChatGPT presents limitations and risks, particularly with regard to the reliability of information and respect for privacy. That’s why it warns users not to trust the chatbot’s answers or share sensitive information with it.
Of course, ChatGPT has the same issues on mobile as it does on the web. This includes the bot propensity for information manufacturing and privacy concerns. OpenAI only recently gave users the ability to make conversations private, and the app’s home screen still warns users about sharing sensitive information on the app.
source : Open AI
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