OpenAI launches ChatGPT subscription plan for $20 per month

ChatGPT owner OpenAI said it is launching a pilot subscription plan for its popular AI-powered chatbot, called ChatGPT Plus, for $20 per month.
OpenAISubscribers will receive access to ChatGPT during peak times, faster responses and priority access to new features and improvements.

ChatGPT is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study.

The report, citing data from analytics firm Similar Web, said about 13 million unique visitors used ChatGPT per day in January, more than double the levels in December.

“In 20 years following the internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer internet app,” UBS analysts wrote in the note.

OpenAI, a private company backed by Microsoft, launched ChatGPT in late November.

It took TikTok about nine months after its global launch to add 100 million users and it took Instagram 2-1/2 years, according to data from Sensor Tower.

ChatGPT is currently free to use. The tool has also raised questions about academic dishonesty and misinformation.

Analysts believe the viral launch of ChatGPT will give OpenAI a first-mover advantage against other AI companies. The growing usage, while adding up to a substantial amount of computing cost, has also provided valuable feedback to help train the chatbot’s responses.

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