- OpenAI has a waiting list for ChatGPT Professional, an “experimental” version that is faster.
- The company says ChatGPT Professional is “always on” and allows users to search twice a day.
- OpenAI said it’s considering ways to monetize the chatbot, but there’s “nothing official yet.”
OpenAI, the creator of the AI chatbot that has taken the internet by storm, has opened a waiting list for an “experimental” paid version dubbed ChatGPT Professional.
In a post on Discord, the company said it’s starting to think about ways to monetize ChatGPT because it’s “an opportunity we’re considering to ensure its long-term viability.” OpenAI said thoughts on monetization are “early” and there is “nothing official to share yet.”
The post includes a link to a Google form to sign up for the ChatGPT Professional waitlist, which is “always on”, offers faster replies, and has at least twice as many searches per day compared to the free version.
Users selected to access the pilot will need to set up a payment process. In the waitlist form, OpenAI asks a series of pricing questions, including what price would be too low for users to trust the chatbot’s quality, what price would be too expensive, and what price would make ChatGPT a “great buy.”
In its Discord post, OpenAI said it was interested in speaking to ChatGPT users for about 15 minutes to get early feedback on its professional version of the chatbot.
OpenAI did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment before publication.
So far, the AI generative chatbot has been able to debug code, write cover letters, create pieces of music, and even help with dating app responses (to mixed results), all of which is its own content. ChatGPT has even worried Google, with the tech titan reportedly issuing a “Code Red” over concerns the chatbot is threatening its search engine.
Microsoft is reportedly in talks to invest around $10 billion in OpenAI, giving the company a $29 billion valuation. OpenAI received a $1 billion investment from Microsoft back in 2019. Earlier this month it was reported that Microsoft was interested in using the technology behind ChatGPT for its Bing search engine to compete with Google.
It was also reported that OpenAI is in talks to sell existing shares to venture capital firms Thrive Capital and Founders Fund in a takeover bid that would total around $300 million in stock sales.
OpenAI said on its waitlist form that ChatGPT Professional is “an early experimental program subject to change” and that the company is not making “generally available” access to the paid professional version at this time.
In December CEO of OpenAI Sam Altman tweeted that the AI chatbot is “incredibly limited, but good enough at some things to give a misleading impression of greatness.” He went on to say the company still has “a lot to do in terms of robustness and veracity.”