OpenAI’s App Store, Now you can get Chatgpt access easily in your OpenAI App

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Different people had different reactions to the news. Some saw it as the start of a new platform, while others made fun of a laundry app that was shown on stage.

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OpenAI’s App Store: In many ways, OPENAI is an unusual company, but in November, it did something that is common in the tech industry. It had a meeting for developers where CEO Sam Altman told them to build on top of ChatGPT. The business said it would soon open a market where both tech-savvy and non-tech-savvy people could make their own robot features and share them with the world to make money.

Different people had different reactions to the news. Some saw it as the start of a new platform, while others made fun of a laundry app that was shown on stage. But OpenAI’s app store isn’t just a meme-worthy or important move; it’s part of a bigger plan to stay ahead in the competitive AI world. Apple and Google’s YouTube have done a great job of encouraging developers and creators to make new content for their platforms. Now, OpenAI wants to do the same so that it can keep giving people new experiences that keep them coming back.

OpenAI’s App Store, Now you can get Chatgpt access easily in your OpenAI App

The app shop for OpenAI is now open. Users of the business plans ChatGPT Team and Enterprise, which cost between $25 and thousands of dollars per user per month, can access the GPT Store. A ChatGPT Plus ticket costs $20 per month. The “apps” can’t be used by free ChatGPT users right now.

These apps are known as GPTs by OpenAI. In some ways, they’re already well-known: OpenAI says that since November, when it became possible, more than 3 million people have made their own versions of ChatGPT. Now that almost anyone can make and post a GPT on the web (as long as they prove their profile by making their name public or linking it to a real website), they are likely to spread even more quickly.

Like the iPhone or YouTube, OpenAI’s platform is meant to add new and interesting features and experiences to an interface that people are already used to. Like well-known app shops for phones, OpenAI’s marketplace has a search feature that helps people find new GPT apps. It will also highlight some GPTs that the company thinks are noteworthy and release lists of the most popular ones.

But OpenAI’s plans to pay app developers are not as well thought out yet. In other words, all GPT app makers, no matter how big or small, are taking a chance that the terms will be good. OpenAI is currently depending on the huge buzz around ChatGPT to bring developers to its platform, even though it doesn’t offer a clear way to make money.

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Eric Olson, cofounder and CEO of the study paper search engine startup Consensus, says that his GPT app is like “Google Scholar on steroids.” According to him, putting it out there will help him get new customers and keep the ones he already has. There are customers who already use ChatGPT Plus and Consensus separately. These customers have asked, “Hey, why don’t you do something that lets us stay in one place?” Olson answers.

While the word “GPT” takes away the “chat,” OpenAI’s app model is all about making ChatGPT’s text interface a place where you can stay and do many things. Information from GPT apps like Consensus is presented in the same back-and-forth talking style that you would normally see in ChatGPT, but with a logo that is unique to that app. Anyone can use it by going to a GPT that is built for an app like the hiking guide AllTrails, the design tool Canva, or Khan Academy’s Code Tutor and asking a question just like they would in the original ChatGPT.

Also, ChatGPT can be used as an interpreter or helper for GPT apps. WIRED asked the AllTrails GPT to suggest a two-hour walk in Berkeley, California. ChatGPT replied by asking how hard the hike should be and if dogs are allowed on the trail. Then, ChatGPT asked for permission to use AllTrail’s API and sent the query to AllTrails. It then collected and showed the idea that came back.

GPTs are also limited in what they can say by the rules and policies that OpenAI has already set up. Canva’s GPT said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help with that request” when asked to make a birthday party card with Nazis on it. Let’s work on making something good and fitting.” Well-known businesses probably won’t break OpenAI’s content rules, but some GPT makers and their users will, giving the company a new level of content moderation to think about.

OpenAI says it will add a way for app makers and creators (the company calls them “builders”) who make GPTs to get paid sometime in the first quarter of this year. For now, the company has only said that GPTs will be paid based on how engaged their users are. In its blog post about the store launch, OpenAI says, “We’ll give you more information on the payment requirements as the date gets closer.” As a result, OpenAI’s business model will probably be more like those of platforms that pay creators and developers based on how engaged their audiences are and how well they bring people back to their host platform. This is different from Apple’s model, which has been 70/30 for app sales since the App Store opened in 2008.

Canva already knows how the creator payment plan works. The design app is very famous and easy to use. It has 170 million monthly active users and 17 million paying subscribers. For every premium design that is used in its service, it pays royalties. Canva also seems to be comfortable with generative AI. In the past year, it has worked with OpenAI and its competitor Stable Diffusion to add AI picture generators to its own app.

Today, Canva has a custom GPT inside ChatGPT, which means that its product is now part of the AI platform that it used to add AI to its own app. General Manager and Head of Ecosystems at Canva, Anwar Haneef, says that users of Canva usually want to make their own designs or make changes to existing ones instead of having an AI engine make something from scratch. Let’s be honest: pictures made by AI can be… weird sometimes. “From our point of view, we want to be in the place where our users are,” says Haneef. People who use Canva like to try new things and tools.

Haneef says that Canva and OpenAI have not yet talked about how to make money off of its GPT. When people ask the Canva GPT to make a design for them, it shows them a few thumbnail choices and then sends them to Canva’s website to make any further changes. This may show how a GPT could give businesses a new way to get new customers.

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Olson, CEO of Consensus, says he gets OpenAI’s plans to charge based on usage and engagement. He says it fits with the company’s main business, which is computing and organizing data. Though he wants more information on what he terms “the rev-sharing road map,” for now, “it’s a way to drive value to ChatGPT Plus users and a channel to get people into our research product and learn about us.” It makes sense to go where everyone is talking about something, and right now ChatGPT is the place to be in the tech world.

What if the payment terms aren’t good when OpenAI shows them? Olson says, “We’ll deal with that when it comes up.””

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