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‘ChatGPT Professional’ sparks industry scramble for commercial AI

OpenAI is gearing up to announce a premium version of its popular language generator tool ChatGPT3. Google is reportedly scrambling to break the market first, meaning this type of AI may be on the cusp of an early commercial explosion. 

Artificial intelligence is already hot property, but companies are vying to have their signature stamps all over the biggest projects of 2023. 

The same company that developed the gorgeous headline image above, OpenAI, has largely led the way for commercial AI in recent times, certainly in a recreational sense.  

Its free public trials of text-to-image generator DALL-E and original language generator ChatGPT3 have frankly blown our minds, with the latter boasting an insane 75 million unique monthly users.

The ability to create unique visual and literary works in a near instant is one that’s grabbed the public and the novelty isn’t waring off. We’ve seen AI art take first prize at the Colorado State Fair, and ChatGPT3 banned from several educational institutions throughout the US in a mere matter of months. 

Suffice to say, if you hadn’t gathered, this technology is eerily good at whatever use it’s put to. The notion that only humans can pull of creative works convincingly has been rubbished, which admittedly is a concern to all my content writing brethren. 

Though I’m being a little facetious, commercial AI will undoubtedly be hugely profitable and OpenAI wishes to be industry leaders. 

OpenAI rolls out ‘ChatGPT Professional’ 

Touted as a potential ‘money printing machine’ for Open AI, the company is reportedly set to roll out its premium edition for its popular chatbot, dubbed ChatGPT Professional. 

Social media fintech guru Linas Belinuas posted on Sunday revealing that the paid service is about to go live, and a select waiting list has already appeared on the company’s Discord server. 

‘That was quick! OpenAI has reportedly started rolling out a premium version of its viral ChatGPT,’ explained Belinuas.

‘While [the] free version is still available, for $42/month, you will get expanded capabilities like less finicky availability, faster response speeds, and priority access to new features,’ he added.

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If we do the math quickly, 10% of the ChatGPT3’s users opting in for the subscription would generate around $3.5bn of revenue in the very first year. As we know, the tech market can be fleeting, but there appears to be huge (and sustained) potential for all things AI. 

In-fact, as soon as the announcement appeared on LinkedIn, industry murmurings suggest Google frantically declared ‘code red’ and is now strategising to displace OpenAI as the market’s lead innovators. 

Google’s purported ‘code red’ response 

Late last week, the New York Times reported that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met with company executives at the request of Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. 

This level of big wig energy in one room is incredibly rare and likely attributable to one aim: how the hell do we win this battle, and prevent competitors from setting the standard? 

I’m basing this belief somewhat on opinion, granted, but the signs are pretty glaring. A month into ChatGPT’s release in December, Google expressed concern over the product’s potential impact on ad revenue for its eponymous search engine. 

We already know that Google plans to roll out more than 20 AI projects of its own throughout 2023, but the thunder has been stolen away from its central enterprise.

The tech giant had been working on an integrated chat bot feature for Google Search, but delayed rollout several times for quality checks and avoiding potential mishaps re misinformation. 

Caution may now have gone with the wind, however. Or more precisely, the announcement of GPT Professional going live. 

On Friday, Google laid off more than 12,000 employees in one fell swoop, pointing to AI development as its next domain of primary importance and getting backroom projects ready quickly. 

This sudden rush of impetus and scrapping of meticulous checks highlights just how much importance Google places in winning the battle for chief AI proprietor. 

Unfortunately for Pichai and co, Microsoft-backed OpenAI appears to have jumped first, and Google is clearly fretting over being late to the party. 

If you were wondering what the next big investment opportunity would be in tech, I think you’ve found your answer. 

This article was written by ChatGPT3… I’m kidding of course. Or am I?