Published on November 9, 2023, 7:13 am

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman recently announced that individual ChatGPT bots will be made available to everyone. This move aims to create a more balanced landscape for chatbots, and if your bot is good enough, you might even have the opportunity to sell it on a marketplace.

At OpenAI’s developer conference, the focus was not only on the improved GPT-4-Turbo, which is cheaper, faster, and smarter with a larger context window, but also on the introduction of GPT custom models. These custom models are modular systems that allow users to customize chatbots with specific skills such as web search, image generation with DALL-E 3, or coding. Additionally, users can access custom databases or mails.

The interesting aspect of these custom models is that they don’t require any programming skills. OpenAI wants to make it as easy as possible for individuals to create their own chatbots using natural language. By lowering the barriers to entry, OpenAI hopes to encourage a broader user base and facilitate the development of safer AI.

Altman has repeatedly emphasized his desire to involve the community in shaping AI behavior within societal limits. More information on how OpenAI plans to incorporate “democratic input” into AI behavior is expected in the near future. The goal is to provide transparency and ensure alignment between AI advancements and human values.

Once your chatbot meets OpenAI’s requirements, you can offer it to other users through an internal marketplace that will launch later this month. OpenAI promises an unspecified revenue share for successful projects. However, sharing GPTs with other users will also be possible outside of this marketplace.

GPTs represent an evolution of the previously introduced plugins that had limited usefulness. With improved integration options for proprietary products, GPTs could potentially serve as convenient user interfaces for third-party tools.

In fact, Canva—a content software company focused on graphic design—has already leveraged this technology by offering a proprietary ChatGPT plugin. However, the plugin primarily served as an extensible search engine for Canva’s template database and could not generate custom graphics. With the introduction of GPTs, private users now have greater control and can provide custom instructions to the AI model.

OpenAI’s commitment to involving the community in the development of AI aligns with its mission to build safe artificial general intelligence (AGI) that benefits humanity. By enabling a broader range of individuals to participate in shaping AI advancements, OpenAI aims to create safer and better-aligned AI systems.

As OpenAI continues its efforts to enhance AI accessibility and foster collaboration, it is creating exciting opportunities for individuals to explore and utilize AI technology. The future holds great potential as we work towards a more democratized and beneficial AI landscape.

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