ChatGPT, the text-generating AI developed by San Francisco-based startup OpenAI, has taken the world by storm with over 100 million monthly active users and countless memes and ebooks credited to its name. To monetize this success, OpenAI has launched ChatGPT Plus and introduced an API that allows businesses to integrate ChatGPT technology into their apps, websites, products, and services. Greg Brockman, the president and chairman of OpenAI, says the ChatGPT API is powered by the same AI model as ChatGPT, but with an optimized, more responsive version that OpenAI has been quietly testing. Early adopters of the API include Snap, Quizlet, Instacart, and Shopify.
However, ChatGPT is vulnerable to prompt-based attacks, where malicious prompts get the system to perform tasks outside its original objectives. OpenAI has addressed this by developing Chat Markup Language (ChatML), which feeds text to the ChatGPT API as a sequence of messages with metadata, instead of raw text represented as tokens. This approach allows developers to append prompts that help tailor and filter ChatGPT’s responses and makes it more robust against prompt attacks. OpenAI also plans to update the model more frequently, starting with gpt-3.5-turbo-0301 released today, to prevent unintended behavior. Brockman assures businesses that they won’t be caught in the crosshairs of prompt attacks, thanks to these improvements.
During a video call prior to the launch of the ChatGPT API, Greg Brockman, the President and Chairman of OpenAI and one of its co-founders, revealed that offering an API was always part of their plan. He explained that it takes time to ensure that the API is of the required quality to meet the high demand and scale of the product. Brockman confirmed that the ChatGPT API is powered by the same AI model as the widely popular ChatGPT, known as “gpt-3.5-turbo.” This model is the most powerful text-generating model in OpenAI’s API suite and is an optimized and more responsive version of GPT-3.5 that has been tested quietly for ChatGPT. The API is priced at $0.002 per 1,000 tokens (or roughly 750 words) and has a wide range of applications, including non-chat functions. Early adopters of the ChatGPT API include Snap, Quizlet, Instacart, and Shopify