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Costing the same as Adobe Photoshop, ChatGPT Plus is still excessive

Trials of a commercial version of ChatGPT’s AI chatbot are already underway, but for most casual users, the price tag might be prohibitive (it’s equivalent to an Adobe Photoshop monthly membership).

Piloting in the United States, ChatGPT Plus costs $20 per month (about £16 / AU$28) and offers a few advantages. One such difficulty is getting on ChatGPT at busy hours while using the free version. They promise “faster reaction times” and “priority access to new features” for you.

The free tier of ChatGPT will remain available, which is fantastic news for anybody who has been playing around with the AI chatbot for purposes such as learning to code, researching a topic, or getting inspiration for a song. In reality, the chatbot’s developer, OpenAI, insists that ChatGPT Plus is necessary to “help sustain free access accessible to as many individuals as possible.”

ChatGPT Plus may be difficult to justify for any but the most dedicated users. Photoshop and Lightroom are included in Adobe’s Photography Plan, which costs the same amount each month. Despite its outstanding features, ChatGPT is still in its early stages of development and cannot compare to more mature programmes like Photoshop, which have been continuously improved over the years.

ChatGPT’s price tag may be reasonable, though, since it helps some users (especially programmers and academics) save so much time. Over the “coming weeks,” OpenAI claims it will begin accepting users from its ChatGPT Plus queue.

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In its current phase as a trial, ChatGPT Plus probably doesn’t need a great number of sign-ups for OpenAI to deem it a success. Also, compared to the alleged $42 per month Professional tier, the $20 monthly charge is a significant savings.

In the short term, though, it’s possible that customers who aren’t paying anything may benefit the most from Plus. However, OpenAI was quick to point out that subscription pricing is required to maintain a free version of their AI chatbot so that it may reach a large audience. Furthermore, it announces that it is “exploring solutions for lower-cost programmes” and will soon be creating a ChatGPT API waitlist for anyone interested in developing with the AI tool.

Once we hear back from OpenAI about how ChatGPT Plus will affect the free version’s availability and response times, we’ll update this post accordingly. However, a significant problem that ChatGPT is now facing is how to develop ethically without sacrificing the spirit of play that made it so successful.

On Twitter, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman acknowledged that ChatGPT has “shortcomings regarding bias” and is “trying to improve on it.” Some users, however, have been frustrated by the chatbot’s growing unwillingness to discuss issues that include comedy or artistic expression.

The prospect of competition from companies like Google is also present. The New York Times reports that Google is working on as many as 20 different artificial intelligence initiatives, while Microsoft seems to be hard at work adding ChatGPT’s capabilities to office suite staples like Word and Outlook.

The AI chatbot wars are heating up, and ChatGPT has staked its claim with a new $20/month tier; in the coming months, we’ll see whether or not that’s a fair price to pay for an AI helper.