OpenAI Launches ChatGPT API for Developers

OpenAI launched this week new APIs allowing developers to integrate ChatGPT into their apps and products. OpenAI is providing access to a newer version of its GPT model named “gpt-3.5-turbo,” which the company claims to be 10x cheaper than its existing GPT-3.5 models.

“Through a series of system-wide optimizations, we’ve achieved 90% cost reduction for ChatGPT since December; we’re now passing through those savings to API users,” the company announced yesterday. The company’s latest GPT model is priced at $0.002 per 1k tokens, but developers can also pay for dedicated instances to get better control over features and performance.

Snapchat is one of the early adopters of the ChatGPT API, and the company launched a new “My AI” chatbot earlier this week that’s currently only available for Snapchat+ subscribers. Other early adopters include Shopify and Instacart.

In addition to its cutting-edge chatbot technology, OpenAI is also making its advanced speech-to-text Whisper model available via an API. Developers can access the company’s large-v2 model on-demand at $0.006 per minute.

Lastly, OpenAI announced some changes based on developer feedback: The company will no longer use data submitted through its APIs for service impressions unless developers give their permission. Moreover, there’s a new default 30-day data retention policy for API users.

If OpenAI and Microsoft with its Azure Open AI platform have opened the AI floodgates, platform holders like Apple may have some reservations. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Apple had blocked an update for BlueMail that brought new ChatGPT-powered features to the email client. Apple’s app review team reportedly required the developer asked the developers to apply a 17+ age restriction for the app because Bluemail’s built-in AI had no content-filtering capabilities.

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