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  • Voltaire Staff

OpenAI waives sign-up requirement for ChatGPT

OpenAI has made its ChatGPT generative AI chatbot accessible to users without requiring sign-ups. Effective from Monday onwards, this initiative aims to streamline access and enhance user experience.

The San Francisco-headquartered company announced in its blog post, "More than 100 million people across 185 countries use ChatGPT weekly to learn something new, find creative inspiration, and get answers to their questions. Starting today, you can use ChatGPT instantly, without needing to sign-up. We're rolling this out gradually, with the aim to make AI accessible to anyone curious about its capabilities."

Despite its initial rapid growth, with a record-breaking 1.8 billion web visits in May 2023 according to Similarweb, the data analytics firm, the service's expansion has since shown signs of slowing down.

The company said it has also introduced "additional content safeguards" such as blocking prompts and generations in a wider range of categories.

In addition to the free version of ChatGPT, which operates without direct internet access, OpenAI offers paid versions tailored for individuals, team users, and enterprises.

According to the company, its intention is to potentially leverage user-provided content to refine its large-language models, with users retaining the option to disable the feature.

This development follows roughly a month after entrepreneur Elon Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, alleging a departure from the start-up's original altruistic mission of advancing artificial intelligence for the betterment of humanity, rather than purely for financial gain.




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