OpenAI is set to unveil an online store next week, enabling users to share personalized editions of the widely-used ChatGPT chatbot. The company had previously postponed this initiative but is now ready to launch, as revealed in an email sent to select users on Thursday. In November, OpenAI, headquartered in San Francisco, announced during its developer conference that individuals could develop GPTs (custom iterations of ChatGPT) without the necessity of acquiring coding skills. This feature empowers users to swiftly craft chatbots for diverse purposes, such as educating a child in mathematics or generating vibrant cocktail recipes.
Initially, OpenAI announced its intention to launch a store in November, providing users with the opportunity to discover personalized chatbots created by others, and also allowing them to monetize their own creations similar to the model found in Apple Inc.’s App Store.
However, the rollout of the online store was subsequently postponed to early 2024. This delay was attributed to the disruption caused by the removal and subsequent reinstatement of Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman in November.
The email dispatched on Thursday to individuals engaged in GPT building did not provide a specific launch date for the store. OpenAI’s spokesperson did not promptly respond to a request for comment. The Information had previously covered and reported on the email sent to users.