It seems there isn’t a day that goes by without ChatGPT news, opinions, or updates, and here I am at the start of February with two new titbits already! OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT have two big changes this week – the launch of an AI detection tool and a premium version of ChatGPT.
First, and hot off the press is the addition of a premium version of ChatGPT – ChatGPT Plus. Announced earlier today in a blog post, OpenAI confirmed a premium version of their insanely popular chatbot for $20 a month.
In this post last month, I said it was highly likely ChatGPT would be monetised in the future, but it’s come rather quickly! However, I am surprised that the platform will retain a free version. OpenAI say:
“We love our free users and will continue to offer free access to ChatGPT. By offering this subscription pricing, we will be able to help support free access availability to as many people as possible.”
So what will premium users get for their money?
If you’re anything like me and have been busy playing about with ChatGPT you may notice that at certain times, it can be slow or inaccessible – usually at peak times. The new premium version will offer subscribers priority access and faster responses, even at peak times.
Paying users will also have access to new features and improvements.
Doesn’t sound like an awful lot for $20 a month, does it? For now, ChatGPT Plus will only be available in the US, but I expect will be rolled out worldwide before long.
AI Detection Tool
In what may seem like an odd move, OpenAI launched an AI detection tool yesterday, designed to help assessors decide if a piece of text was written by a human or AI. But why?
I suspect to counteract and shoulder some responsibility for concerns that AI generated text will be severely misused in education.
Producing a bit of cheeky AI content for your website, whilst bad, is nowhere near as concerning as students potentially cheating their way through their education.
OpenAI is the first to admit that their new tool isn’t 100% reliable though, so should only be used to help you decide if a piece of content was written by AI.
You can try out the new tool here.
Back to the topic of producing AI content for your website…here is another friendly reminder – don’t!
Just as fast as platforms like ChatGPT are developing, so are tools used to detect AI content. Sure, you can go ahead and stuff your website with AI generated content, you might even get away with it for a while, but I can guarantee that penalties will start coming in the not-too-distant future!
If you’re interested in learning how you can use ChatGPT in a way that won’t upset Google, check this out: can ChatGPT be used for SEO & content marketing?