SAN FRANCISCO — OpenAI unveiled a marketplace that enables users to access personalized artificial intelligence “apps” for tasks like teaching math or designing stickers, signaling an ambition to expand its consumer business.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman shared the updates at the AI lab’s first developer conference, which attracted 900 developers from around the world and marked the company’s latest attempt to capitalize on the popularity of ChatGPT by offering incentives to build in its ecosystem.
ChatGPT, launched in November 2022, now has 100 million weekly active users, Altman said.
OpenAI is calling the customized AI apps “GPTs”, which the company said are early versions of AI assistants that perform real-world tasks, such as booking flights, on behalf of a user.
It will launch a GPT Store later this month where people can share their GPTs and earn money based on the number of users. It’s a renewed effort from the company’s failed attempts to build an ecosystem of ChatGPT plugins earlier this year.
“Eventually, you’ll just ask the computer for what you need, and it’ll do all of these tasks for you,” Altman said according to Reuters.
“We really believe that gradual iterative deployment is the best way to address the safety challenges of AI. We think it’s especially important to move carefully towards this future.”
In addition to GPTs, OpenAI also released a slew of developer-focused updates, including significant cost slashing, an announcement met with loud cheers from the audience.