OpenAI has suspended new user registration for the paid version of its artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT due to excessive demand. CEO Sam Altman announced the news on Tuesday.
Last week at its first developer conference, Altman’s company introduced new features and updates that allow users to build their own versions of ChatGPT to solve specific problems. These announcements led to a sharp increase in demand for OpenAI artificial intelligence tools and services.
“We are suspending registration of new ChatGPT Plus members for a while. The surge in users after the developer conference has exceeded our capacity and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience“,” Altman wrote on his X-page. He will also offer to sign up for a mailing list to be notified when the ChatGPT Plus paid subscription becomes available again.
OpenAI said at its conference that about 100 million people use its services every week and more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies build tools on the OpenAI platform. However, AI systems, including ChatGPT, require enormous computing power to operate, and OpenAI currently does not have enough systems in place to ensure the service runs smoothly. Therefore, in order not to disappoint users of the paid version, which costs $20 per month and provides access to the powerful neural network GPT-4, the company has decided to suspend registrations. At the same time, there are no restrictions in the free version of ChatGPT based on GPT-3.5.
Recall that at a recent conference for developers, OpenAI presented an option that allows users to create their own special versions of ChatGPT, simply called GPT, tailored to their tasks. For example, you can help teach a child math or explain the rules of a board game. According to the company, no programming knowledge is required.
Later this month, OpenAI also plans to launch a marketplace where users can find other users’ pre-built custom GPTs and monetize their own, similar to how they do with apps in the Apple App Store or Google Play.