OpenAI has recently made an announcement that it is offering third-party developers the ability to integrate ChatGPT into their apps and services via an API. The company claims that using this API will be much cheaper than using its existing language models. OpenAI is also providing Whisper, its AI-powered speech-to-text model, for use through an API, along with some important changes to its developer terms of service.
While ChatGPT can be used for more than just creating an AI-powered chat interface, Snap’s My AI feature is one of several companies that have been using it for that purpose. OpenAI has created a new model family called gpt-3.5-turbo which it believes is the best model for many non-chat use cases.
OpenAI Launches ChatGPT API for Third-Party Developers at Lower Cost
The cost of using the ChatGPT API is significantly lower than OpenAI’s existing models, with 1,000 tokens available for $0.002. It is important to keep in mind, though, that sending one text snippet for the API to respond to could cost several tokens. The company provides a tool for checking how many tokens it will take to interpret a string of text. According to OpenAI’s documentation, one token typically equals around ~4 English characters.
In addition to ChatGPT, OpenAI has also released an API for Whisper, its speech-to-text model. The company claims that developers can use this API to transcribe or translate audio at a cost of $0.006 per minute.
Policy Changes to Address User Privacy Concerns
OpenAI has also announced that it will make some policy changes based on developer feedback. It will no longer use data submitted through the API to train its models unless customers explicitly allow that usage. This change is intended to alleviate concerns about proprietary information being put into the bot. The company has also made improving uptime a top priority for its engineering team.
Overall, OpenAI’s decision to offer a dedicated ChatGPT API is likely to have a significant impact on the development of AI chatbots. While some developers have already found workarounds to include chat services in their apps, the introduction of an official ChatGPT API could be the moment the floodgates open, allowing more developers to take advantage of OpenAI’s technology.