With the launch of ChatGPT one year ago, OpenAI introduced the world to the idea of an AI-powered chatbot that could seemingly do anything. Now, the company is launching a platform to create custom versions of ChatGPT for specific use cases — without requiring any code.
In the coming weeks, these AI clients, namely OpenAI Call GPTsIt will be available through the GPT Store. Details on what the store will look and function are scarce at the moment, though OpenAI promises to eventually pay creators an unspecified amount based on how much their GPTs are used. GPTs will be available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers and OpenAI Foundation customers, who can create GPTs internally only for their employees.
The custom GPTs were announced Monday at DevDay, OpenAI’s first-ever developer conference in San Francisco, where the company also announced the cheaper, turbocharged GPT-4, lower prices for developers who use its models in their applications, and news that ChatGPT may He reached a higher level. An amazing 100 million users per week.
“Since the launch of ChatGPT, people have been asking for ways to customize ChatGPT to fit the specific ways they use it,” OpenAI said in a joint statement with the edge. “We launched custom instructions in July that let you set some preferences, but requests for more control kept coming in. Many power users maintain a list of carefully crafted prompts and instruction sets, and manually copy them into ChatGPT. Now GPTs do it all for you.
During a recent demo of OpenAI’s GPT platform, a bot called “Creative Writing Coach” critiqued an uploaded PDF of a writing sample. Over the course of about two minutes, I watched another GPT demo to help attendees navigate DevDay. The platform automatically named the bot “Event Navigator,” created a profile image for it using DALL-E, and ingested a PDF attachment with the event schedule to inform its answers.
The OpenAI interface lets you direct how you want GPT to interact with people before publishing. The DevDay Event Navigator agent I saw during my demo was geared to be helpful, concise, and to avoid scheduling conflicts. OpenAI automatically generated several prompts to start the conversation, such as “What is the first session today?”
Each GPT can be given access to web browsing, DALL-E, and OpenAI’s Code Interpreter tool for writing and executing programs. There is also a “Knowledge” section in the builder interface for loading custom data, such as the DevDay event table. Through another feature called Actions, OpenAI allows GPTs to be linked to external services to access data like emails, databases, and more, starting with Canva and Zapier.
The introduction of custom GPTs means that OpenAI is now competing with other AI bot platforms such as Character.AI and Meta, which recently introduced a large number of their own AI characters in WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. OpenAI positions its platform as more utility-focused than its competitors, rather than on robots that behave like humans, though it’s not against people building GPTs with human-like personalities.
OpenAI now competes with other AI bot platforms like Character.AI and Meta
Creators of GPTs will not be able to view the chats people have with them, and it is unclear what high-level usage data they will have access to. OpenAI says it will monitor activity to prevent things like fraud, hate speech, and “adult themes.” When the GPT Store launches in the future, OpenAI will only accept proxies from people who have verified their identity. Initially, GPTs will be accessed through shareable web links.
Ultimately, OpenAI sees its GPT platform as getting it one step closer to its main goal: creating artificial superintelligence, or AGI. Restricting access to paid subscribers should also help add to the company’s already accelerating revenue It said It is seeking a valuation from investors of up to $90 billion.
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