OpenAI will launch its app store for GPTs this week

OpenAI intends to launch a store for GPTs, custom apps based on its text-generating AI models (e.g., GPT-4), sometime in the coming week, according to an email viewed by TechCrunch. OpenAI has specified that developers constructing GPTs must review the company’s updated usage policies and GPT brand guidelines to ensure compliance before they can list their GPTs in the store, aptly named the GPT Store. Additionally, developers must verify their user profile and ensure their GPTs are published as “public.”


Although OpenAI initially announced the GPT Store during OpenAI’s first annual developer conference, DevDay, it faced delays in December, likely due to the leadership shakeup in November. OpenAI’s board of directors initially ousted CEO Sam Altman but was later reinstated with a new board, causing a temporary disruption.


GPTs, requiring no coding experience, can range from simple to complex based on developers’ preferences. For instance, a GPT can be trained on a cookbook collection to answer recipe-related questions, or it could analyze a company’s proprietary codebases to check style or generate code following best practices.


Developers can specify the desired capabilities of their GPT in plain language, and OpenAI’s GPT-building tool, GPT Builder, will attempt to create an AI-powered chatbot accordingly. While developers have been able to develop and share GPTs on the ChatGPT website since DevDay, listing them to the public was only possible once the GPT Store’s upcoming launch.


The revenue-sharing scheme for the GPT Store remains to be determined. In November, Altman and CTO Mira Murati mentioned there needed to be a firm plan for GPT monetization. The email about the GPT Store’s imminent launch requires to provide more information on what developers can expect regarding payments.


According to a spokesperson, OpenAI will reveal more details this week. OpenAI’s evolution from an AI model provider to a platform has been a notable shift, hinted at with the launch of plug-ins for ChatGPT in March, bringing third parties into OpenAI’s model ecosystem for the first time.


GPTs effectively democratize generative AI app creation, particularly for apps using OpenAI’s model family. This development could disrupt consultancies relying on building similar models for customers.


Source: Techcrunch