Published on November 16, 2023, 4:12 pm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to make waves in the technology industry, and one of the most notable developments is the rise of generative AI. One prime example is OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a language model that uses AI to generate text-based responses. However, it seems that the demand for ChatGPT has surged beyond OpenAI’s capacity.

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, recently took to Twitter to announce that due to overwhelming demand following the Dev Day developer conference, new subscriptions for ChatGPT-Plus are currently unavailable. To put it simply, the company cannot keep up with the high demand they’re experiencing.

The popularity of ChatGPT has been evident through its web traffic statistics. Despite a slight decline over the summer months, usage has since recovered and now stands at approximately 10% below its peak in April 2023 worldwide and 4% below in the United States.

This revived interest in ChatGPT may be attributed to multiple factors. For one, it coincides with students returning to school in the US, as more and more students rely on this AI-powered assistant to assist them with their homework. Additionally, OpenAI has been diligent in improving their product, which could have contributed to its resurgence in popularity.

Furthermore, there is also a notable increase in global usage of the Android app associated with ChatGPT. Recent updates incorporating voice recognition and playback features have positioned it as a rival to other popular voice assistants such as Alexa or Siri.

Within the US alone, web traffic for ChatGPT peaked at around 187.5 million visits in April before experiencing a decline down to 137.4 million visits in June. However, it seems like there has been a resurgence as numbers climbed back up again reaching 164.3 million visits by September. If this trend continues, October could potentially set a new record with traffic surpassing 195 million visits.

It is worth noting that while ChatGPT’s growth may not be as exponential as during its initial stages, it is by no means in decline. In fact, the release of new features like GPTs and the faster GPT-4 Turbo model has the potential to generate renewed growth in the future.

As AI continues to evolve, it is crucial for organizations like OpenAI to monitor and manage demand effectively. The current situation highlights both the immense popularity of generative AI and the challenges that arise when supply struggles to meet demand. Future developments in AI technology will undeniably shape our digital landscape, making it essential for organizations to stay ahead of the curve and continuously adapt to evolving market dynamics.

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