ChatGPT Premium is waiting in the wings

Jan 12, 2023

If you’re one of the countless individuals who have become well-acquainted with OpenAI’s newest utility, you’re in for a bit of a shock. The artificial intelligence think tank suggested this week that it would start charging users to experience ChatGPT soon. In the company’s own words, it’s ‘starting to think about how to monetize ChatGPT” as one of the ways to “ensure [the tool’s] long-term viability.’

We all sort of knew that the utility wasn’t going to be free forever, such advanced tools rarely are. If you aren’t familiar with ChatGPT yet, it's basically an artificial intelligence and deep learning tool that processes words for the purpose of entertainment. While you can use the tool to write articles, screenplays, and even novels, its primary function is to demonstrate the power and sophistication of neural networks and the deep learning model. ChatGPT is what we refer to as a large language model, and as such, it’s been trained on stupendous amounts of data related to language and human communication. The tool gives the impression that it is a sentient being on the other end of the screen, but, in reality, it’s simply clever coding, countless hours of training, and an advanced process known as Natural Language Processing (NLP).

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OpenAI confirms ChatGPT Professional is on its way

According to OpenAI, the version of the software it intends to monetize will be called ChatGPT Professional. This information was gleaned from a Discord server where OpenAI posted a waitlist link. The form included in the link poses all sorts of questions, such as ‘At what price (per month) would you consider ChatGPT to be so expensive that you would not consider buying it?’

OpenAI also outlines the benefits of this new ChatGPT Professional utility in the waitlist. Some of these include no blackout windows, no unlimited messages to the utility, and no throttling. Throttling, here, means the act of purposefully limiting the available bandwidth so that internet speeds slow down. This is a common practice amongst mobile carriers and Internet Service Providers. Basically, if you choose to pay for ChatGPT Professional, you won’t be subjected to any annoying delays in processing. 

However, as the professional utility is still only in the experimental stages, we don’t expect it to be made available to a wider audience any time soon. Should you deem this service essential enough in your personal or work life that you’d consider paying for it, sign the waitlist and you may be one of the first individuals notified when it releases for testing. Should you be selected, OpenAI will reach out to you to set up a payment plan and give you access to the pilot program. 

We don’t know exactly how this new utility will affect the base version of ChatGPT. However, seeing as the professional variant is still in testing, we can assume that it’s going to be more fluent, knowledgeable, and proficient at its job. Enjoy your time with ChatGPT while you still can, because we can’t say how long it’ll still be available as a free service.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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