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ChatGPT Plus: What’s included in the premium version of the popular AI tool?

For $20 a month, subscribers will have access to faster response times and ‘new features and improvements’

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OpenAI is the creator of ChatGPT.Richard Drew (AP)

OpenAI has launched a paid version of ChatGPT, the chatbot that has popularized generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Called ChatGPT Plus, the service costs $20 a month and offers three key features.

Firstly, subscribers have access to ChatGPT, even during peak times. Due to its popularity, the chatbot works poorly at certain hours, when it is inundated with requests. Premium users will no longer have to wait for rush hour to pass. Secondly, subscribers will also get faster response times, as detailed on the OpenAI website. And, thirdly, they will have priority access to “new features and improvements” that will gradually be incorporated into the service.

Although the company makes no reference to it, these new functions may be part of GPT-4, the new version of the AI on which the tool is based.

ChatGPT Plus is only available to users in the US, although the company plans to expand it to other countries in the coming weeks. To access the paid version, users need to sign up to the waitlist OpenAI sent out for ChatGPT Professionals in early January.

“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,” OpenAI states on its website.

The popularity of ChatGPT has caught the attention of the business world. Last week, Microsoft announced a $10 billion investment in OpenAI, and on Thursday, it launched Teams Premium, the paid version of Microsoft’s work application, which uses the same technology behind ChatGPT.

This service, available for $7 a month, allows users to automatically generate meeting notes, personalized presentations and other tasks, such as real-time translations of video calls.

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