On Thursday, OpenAI announced the release of the ChatGPT app for iOS in the United States at no cost, with international availability coming soon. Six months have passed since OpenAI initially made ChatGPT available to the public online. Almost immediately after its introduction, the tech sector began a new “AI arms race,” racing to create and distribute tools that can generate interesting content, such as articles and photos, in response to user inputs.
This news arrives in the same week that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman testified before Congress about the dangers posed by artificial intelligence, calling the present AI boom a possible “printing press moment” but adding that it needs safeguards.
The new mobile app, ChatGPT, is functionally identical to the original web-based chatbot application and has the potential to increase its user base. In addition to typing in commands, users of the software can speak them into their phone’s microphone. History syncing between devices is also available to users.
Subscribers to ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20 a month, gain access to the app’s premium features, such as GPT-4 functionality (the app’s underlying technology’s next-generation iteration). OpenAI’s CTO, Mira Murati, has stated that the company will soon release an Android version.