OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus launches for $20 per month

OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is rolling out a paid version of the online artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. 

The premium subscription plan costs $20 per month, for which subscribers will benefit from unrestricted access to ChatGPT during peak hours, faster response times and priority access to new features and improvements. 

ChatGPT is currently offering the premium service to members on waiting lists in the United States but is planning to expand access and support to additional regions and countries soon. 

Last December, CEO Sam Altman hinted that ChatGPT would need monetisation. In a tweet to Elon Musk, Altman suggested that the average cost is “probably single-digits cents per chat”. However, the open-source platform will remain free to users while still in its research preview stage. 

ChatGPT became the world’s fastest-growing AI system when it launched last November. It currently averages 13 million unique visitors a day.

The programme is built atop OpenAI’s GPT-3 family of language models. ChatGPT bases its deep learning techniques on a combination of supervised learning and reinforcement learning from human feedback. 

Users can take advantage of the open-source platform to generate ideas from scratch. The programme can have a conversation, write a blog, provide you with a cooking recipe, or find bugs in code and provide a solution. 

It can also recall previous responses and prompts and allows users to provide follow-up corrections to answers. Prompts and queries are filtered through moderation APIs to prevent offensive outputs; for example, it dismisses prompts that are racist or sexist.

OpenAI expects to amass $200M in revenue by the end of 2023 and generate over $1B by the end of 2024. Microsoft certainly believes in the product, having announced a multibillion-dollar partnership with OpenAI in January

Microsoft Azure supports OpenAI and provides the computational power necessary for running the open-source platform.  

Earlier this week, TechFinitive reported on the escalating tensions between America and China as both countries attempt to pioneer strategic emerging AI technologies. Baidu, China’s dominant search engine, has joined the race to rival the San Francisco-based OpenAI chatbot.

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Eoghan O'Donnell

Eogan was a freelance reporter for, covering technology news across hardware, innovation and security. Now based in London, he is proudly Irish and fluent in Gaeilge.