The media reports that OpenAI, which has developed the world’s most popular chatbot based on artificial intelligence called ChatGPT, will launch its online store next week.
It is known that the mentioned firm initially planned to launch the operation of a commercial virtual platform on which its and not only its digital products would be presented in November last year, but the implementation of this decision was postponed to a later date. The media published information about the imminent launch of the online store with reference to the contents of an email that OpenAI sent to people involved in creating large GPT language models.
The company has not yet responded to a media request regarding data on the start of operation of the virtual commercial platform.
In early November, firma announced the launch of an online store in the coming weeks. Those very weeks have moved into the space of the past, but the platform has not started functioning. In the fall, the company announced that the idea of creating an online store is based on the desire to collect the best custom GPT apps within a single digital set of virtual products. At the same time, the firm stated its intention in the future to share part of the revenue with developers interacting with its commercial platform.
This plan of the developer of the world’s most popular chatbot based on artificial intelligence in many ways resembles the appearance of Apple in the software services market. The history of the tech giant’s presence in the mentioned space began after the launch of the App Store.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, said in November that he was confident that people would do amazing things if they were given access to the best tools. In this context, he stated that the advanced format of constructive activity provides that the computer performs the tasks that a person sets for it.
In early December, OpenAI announced the postponement of the launch of the online store. The reason for this decision was the continuation of work on improving the virtual platform.
The late launch of the online store may be due to internal problems with OpenAI in mid-November. There was a kind of glitch in the company’s management. Sam Altman was fired from his position as CEO of OpenAI on November 17. Less than a week later, he returned to his post. Many versions of these events in the information space do not have an official explanation. The most ominous assumptions about what was happening provided that the troubles in the company’s management were because a super-powerful intelligence was created. There were also interpretations of Mr. Altman’s dismissal, according to which the disruption in the management is the result of the absence of agreement on an acceptable degree of commercialization of activities. One version of the CEO’s dismissal, which was temporary, provides that Sam Altman did not agree with employees about the concept of an online store. Allegedly, there was a discussion about the coordination of the functioning of the virtual platform with the company’s business strategy. All the listed versions of what happened are just assumptions.
Sam Altman said in November that about 92% of Fortune 500 companies use OpenAI products. He also stated that 100 million people interact with ChatGPT every week.
OpenAI believes that natural language prompts are a promising interface that allows consumers to use artificial intelligence technology without lagging behind its advanced capabilities, developing on an ongoing basis. The company is confident that simplifying interaction with GPT will help to activate the emergence of new products. In this case, OpenAI relies on third-party developers.
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