OpenAI app store, exclusive for AI software, may be coming soon

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OpenAI app store is reportedly in the work. As The Information initially reported, the tech creator behind ChatGPT is gearing up to launch a marketplace that will enable developers to sell their AI models built on top of OpenAI’s technology.

The chatbot, which has also been integrated into Microsoft’s search engine Bing, has gained significant popularity, and enterprise customers often customize it to suit their specific needs, such as fraud detection or market research. The proposed marketplace would allow developers to offer their tailored AI models to other businesses.

During a meeting with developers in London, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman reportedly shared the company’s plans for the marketplace. Additionally, two of OpenAI’s customers, Aquant and Khan Academy, expressed interest in offering their ChatGPT-powered AI models on OpenAI’s marketplace.

This move by OpenAI could potentially compete with app stores operated by the company’s customers and technology partners, including Salesforce and Microsoft. By creating a marketplace, OpenAI aims to expand its customer base and reach a wider audience for its AI technology.

It’s worth noting that the AI development landscape has seen significant developments in recent years. As a reminder, Microsoft made a substantial investment of at least $1 billion in the company back in 2019, well before the notable emergence of ChatGPT. 

Furthermore, earlier this year, an additional investment of $10 billion was secured as a multi-year commitment. Alongside these investments, the latest iteration of the language model, GPT-4, was also launched according to its scheduled release date.