Although in recent months we have already heard numerous cases of integration of ChatGPT with third-party applications (from browser extensions to apps like Snapchat), the creators of this AI, the OpenAI company, have just announced the availability of a new API that will give developers access to the capabilities of the chatbot most popular of the moment.
According to the company, users of this API will have access to the GPT 3.5 Turbo model, the same one that makes the official ChatGPT website work, but they can trust that there will be “continuous improvements to the model” in the future. The cost, on the other hand, will depend on the option chosen by the developers: “The ChatGPT API has a price of $0.002 per 1000 tokens (about 750 words)“.
“Snap’s MyAI is one of the first examples, along with a new virtual tutor feature for the online study tool Quizlet and an imminent Ask Instacart tool to be launched by the popular local shopping app. However, the API will not be limited to the bots that imitate [la funcionalidad de] ChatGPT; It can also power ‘chatless’ software experiences that could benefit from AI.”
More importantly, especially for which: OpenAI has ensured that the data that users of these third-party applications send through the API they will not be used to train the new OpenAI modelsunless the organization using the API expressly chooses to provide such data.
On the sidelines of the announcement of the new APIs, OpenAI has stated that its main priority now is to improve the stability of its products: “Over the last two months, our uptime has not met our own expectations or those of our users”
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Whisper also claims its place in the OpenAI catalog
But not only from ChatGPT (and DALL-E 2) lives OpenAI. We have already told you in Genbeta about Whisper, an open source AI capable of transcribing audio in several languages to text with remarkable precision. There are already several on the market, but none trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual data collected from the Internetwhich has allowed a recognition of accents, technical terms and background noise above the rest of the competitors.
There are already tools to use it easily on our PC. But from now on OpenAI will also make it easy to integrate into third-party applications through its own API.. In the words of Greg Brockman, president of the company,
“We had already released a model, but that wasn’t really enough to make the entire developer ecosystem spring up around it. […] The Whisper API is the same model you can get [en su versión de] Open source, but we have optimized it to the extreme. It’s much, much faster and extremely optimized.”
Thus, the cost of the Whisper transcription API for developers will be $0.006 per minute of audio. This will allow for “robust” transcription in multiple languages, as well as provide an English translation.
The speech-to-text transcription market could be worth, according to a recent report, $5.4 billion within three years, so a strong entry by Whisper into this market could prove remarkably profitable for OpenAI.
Democratizing access to AI
But regardless of how profitable it is for OpenAI, this announcement is notable for its enormous potential to democratize access to these popular artificial intelligence technologies. For developers, in fact, it represents a revolutionary change in costs.
Specifically, the new API reduces the cost by 90% from the cheapest access option available so far to the GPT-3.5 model. This means that many start-ups (and not just corporate giants like Microsoft or Snap) will now be able to harness the potential of AI to create their own derivative technologies.
According to OpenAI, This reduction in price has both technical reasons (the optimizations to which they have submitted since its launch to the ChatGPT model have allowed to reduce the cost of running it) as ideological:
“We believe that AI can provide incredible opportunities and economic empowerment for everyone, and the best way to achieve that is to allow everyone to build with it.”