OpenAI Unveils Custom ‘GPTs’ Allowing Anyone to Build ChatGPT Agents
OpenAI is giving developers the chance to build their own customized versions of generative AI chatbot ChatGPT for specific use cases called GPTs. These AI agents can be built without needing to code and will be accessible through an upcoming GPT Store, which aims to bring the technology’s capabilities to specialized domains.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman introduced GPTs as the next evolution of ChatGPT’s initial promise – an AI assistant capable of near-universal utility. ChatGPT was designed around an omnivorous approach to information with a broad array of interests and no specific deep dives on any one topic. GPTs are designed to capture that kind of missing niche expertise tailored to particular tasks or industries. OpenAI suggested many ChatGPT power users are already manually maintaining prompts guiding the bot for specific situations. The new platform automates customization with an intuitive interface for uploading specialized data, configuring responses, and more. During the demo, OpenAI showed GPTs critiquing writing samples and navigating conference schedules based on the attached documents. The interactive builder lets users guide personality, conversational style, and integration of tools like DALL-E for image generation.
“We believe that if you give people better tools, they will do amazing things. We know that people want AI that is smarter, more personal, more customizable, that can do more on your behalf. Eventually, you’ll just ask a computer for what you need, and it will do all of these tasks for you,” Altman explained on the stage. “These capabilities are often talked in the AI field about as agents. The upsides of this are going to be tremendous. At OpenAI, we really believe that gradual iterative deployment is the best way to address the safety challenges with AI. We think it’s especially important to move carefully towards this future of agents; it’s going to require a lot of technical work and a lot of thoughtful consideration by society. So today, we’re taking our first small step that moves us towards this future.”
GPTs will be available to paying ChatGPT Plus subscribers and OpenAI enterprise customers. Enterprise users can build internal-only agents for employees, including specialized utility services. To address privacy concerns, OpenAI says it won’t allow data monitoring or sharing from private GPT chats but that creators will get some usage analytics to refine their agents. The company will also use moderation to block inappropriate content. GPTs could be a major new frontier for generative AI, even as other models continue to advance. User creativity seems key to OpenAI’s goals in that regard.
Rewarding that creativity will be possible for developers who share their creations on the GPT Store. The GPT Store hints at a future where AI expertise across countless domains is packaged into easily accessible apps. Someone could build an agent for cooking assistance, medical diagnosis, guitar tutoring, and anything else imaginable. The GPTs will be searchable, and OpenAI will spotlight some they particularly like. Eventually, there will be monetary compensation for the most popular. It’s somewhat similar to the new Poe creator economy Quora introduced last week.
“Revenue sharing is important to us. We’re going to pay people who build the most useful and the most used GPTs a portion of our revenue,” Altman said. “We’re excited to foster a vibrant ecosystem with the GPT Store just from what we’ve been building ourselves over the weekend; we’re confident there’s going to be a lot of great stuff.”