OpenAI, the pioneering artificial intelligence company, recently announced the suspension of new subscriptions to ChatGPT Plus. This decision follows a marked increase in usage, particularly after the unveiling of new features at the recent DevDay conference.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, expressed concern over the platform’s capacity to handle the heightened demand. The surge in user activity, especially since the introduction of novel application programming interfaces (APIs), has pushed the platform beyond its current limits, affecting user experience quality.
Altman emphasized the temporary nature of this suspension, ensuring that potential subscribers can still register their interest and be notified when sign-ups reopen.
we are pausing new ChatGPT Plus sign-ups for a bit 🙁
the surge in usage post devday has exceeded our capacity and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience.
you can still sign-up to be notified within the app when subs reopen.
— Sam Altman (@sama) November 15, 2023
The suspension of ChatGPT Plus subscriptions aims to safeguard the experience of current users. This move is significant as ChatGPT Plus offers advanced features like GPT-4 Turbo and custom GPTs. Existing users can continue leveraging these tools for various purposes, including graphic design and search engine optimization (SEO) tasks.
This decision was also influenced by recent challenges faced by OpenAI. The week preceding the announcement saw the company grappling with a series of outages and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. This pause in new sign-ups is expected to reduce these issues, providing a more stable environment for developers and users alike. However, it might also lead to a temporary dip in the acquisition of new GPT users, as these advanced tools are exclusive to Plus subscribers.
ChatGPT, celebrated for its versatility and user-friendly interface, has garnered significant popularity, boasting over 180 million users. Its market position is increasingly competitive, facing rivals like Google’s Bard, Anthropic’s Claude 2, and the newly announced AI program “Grok” by Elon Musk. Additionally, OpenAI’s recent expansion into physical AI devices, exemplified by its collaboration with startup Humane to launch Ai Pin, a wearable AI virtual assistant, showcases the company’s evolving scope.