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Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, took to Twitter to announce that ChatGPT clocked a million users merely a few days following its launch.
Based on the GPT-3.5 architecture, ChatGPT interacts with humans using natural language. Since its release, the chatbot has brought new life to conceiving AI-human interaction. The results have been much better than its previous model in that it offers higher quality, longer output, and better instruction-following.
Chatbots had existed before—such as Amazon’s Alexa—which had to recently pull a plug on its ‘Amazon Alexa’ voice-assisted feature. OpenAI’s success with ChatGPT is therefore something that Amazon wished it had done when it had the chance.
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The model is released in its Beta version and is free to use. However, Altman has said OpenAI will look to monetise the model with an average cost of single-digit cents per chat. He also added that monetisation particularly becomes important as “the compute costs are eye-watering”.
Microsoft Azure supports OpenAI, providing them with the computational power required for running models like ChatGPT. However, Altman’s allusion to the “eye-watering” cost perhaps didn’t sit well with Microsoft. As a result, we also saw Altman salvaging the situation by referring to Azure’s important contribution to the OpenAI launches, saying that “they have built by far the best AI infrastructure out there.”
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The GPT-3.5 architecture is built on the latest text-Davinci-003 released by OpenAI. However, the company also offers models like Ada, Babbage, and Curie. These models are available at a relatively lower cost than Davinci and perform as well as Davinci on a variety of tasks. For its customers, OpenAI recommends that its users use Davinci initially and later shift to cheaper models based on their requirements.