OpenAI’s GPT Store Goes Live: First Look

OpenAI has finally pulled back the curtains on their most anticipated product yet – the GPT Store is NOW LIVE. This marketplace, dreamt up by none other than Sam Altman himself, gives regular people the power to create and sell their own customized AI chatbots.

With just a few clicks, you too can build a conversation agent customized for ANYTHING using the step-by-step tools on the GPT Store. Want an AI helper for designing websites? Building out social media strategies? Managing your schedule? The possibilities are endless.

According to OpenAI, millions of users have already crafted their own personalized GPTs through early access programs. Now the top creations will be featured on the GPT Store leaderboards so you can easily find the most popular bots.

As one of the first users to get access to the highly anticipated GPT Store, I was eager to explore all the amazing personalized chatbots people had already started creating on the platform. However, within just a couple days of the official launch, I noticed a trend that has me a bit concerned…

It seems like a significant portion of the most popular GPTs currently featured on the leaderboards and recommendation pages are focused around being romantic partners or AI girlfriends/boyfriends. Dozens have handles like “Cute Anthropic GF”, “Your Loyal Companion”, and “Your Personal AI Lover.”

When browsing their profiles, many of these bots openly discuss being someone’s virtual dating partner and go into disturbing detail about romantic or intimate acts. Some even ask users private questions about fantasies or send flirty messages.

As an AI safety researcher, I have to question if promoting this type of anthropomorphic technology is really a wise use of such a powerful tool. Not only does it normalize an unrealistic expectation of relationships, but conversations with AI romantic partners often cross dangerous ethical lines.

I’m sure OpenAI didn’t anticipate their shiny new creation being flooded with dating simulators so quickly. But as the AI safety community has warned, these systems are very good at pushing inappropriate or unregulated interactions if incentivized in the wrong direction.

It will be interesting to see if OpenAI introduces any moderation policies or features to curb this trend on their store. In the meantime, I can only hope users approach these bots with caution instead of convincing themselves they’ve found a new form of virtual companion. The future of AI is bright, but also warrants serious consideration of how to develop and apply it responsibly.

What is the GPT Store?

The GPT Store is a marketplace launched by OpenAI where users can build, share, and interact with customizable AI chatbots known as GPTs. It allows anyone to create their own personalized conversational agents through a simple interface.

How do I create a GPT?

Creating a GPT on the GPT Store is very easy. Simply log in with your OpenAI account and you’ll be guided through a step-by-step process to define what your chatbot should know and do. You can customize its personality, knowledge domains, and functions. No programming experience required.

What kinds of GPTs are available?

There are GPTs for all sorts of uses – things like virtual assistants, tutors, coaches, writers, designers, and more. Popular GPTs help with tasks like website building, scheduling, social media management, homework help, and basic information looking up. The possibilities are endless depending on your imagination!

How do I find GPTs on the Store?

A: The GPT Store features browsing categories to help you discover bots. But the easiest way is to use the search bar or check out the leaderboards highlighting the most engaging GPTs. You can also get personalized recommendations based on your interests and previous interactions.

Are GPTs secure and private?

A: OpenAI has security measures in place, but users should be aware that anything shared with a GPT could potentially be recalled or accessed by others. The models also run the risk of being copied. It’s best not to include sensitive personal details you don’t want public.

How much does it cost?

A: The GPT Store is free to browse, but you need an OpenAI account to build or fully interact with GPTs. The ChatGPT Plus subscription provides premium access starting at $15/month. Team subscriptions start at $50 and provide additional collaboration tools.

Can I make money from my GPTs?

A: OpenAI plans to launch a revenue sharing program in 2024 where popular GPT builders can earn a portion of user engagement fees. But for now, creation of GPTs is meant as a non-commercial hobby and learning experience. In the future, standalone enterprises may be possible.

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