The launch of OpenAI’s GPT Store, originally announced for late this year, has been postponed to early 2024. This delay is likely due to recent leadership changes within the company. Axios reported on this development, citing a memo to users and developers, which mentioned the delay and promised enhancements like a better configuration interface and debug messages.
During OpenAI’s Dev Day conference in November, where the store’s launch was announced, there were many uncertainties about its operation, particularly regarding pricing and developer compensation. A conversation with then-CEO Sam Altman and CTO Mira Murati revealed that details were still being finalized.
The leadership turmoil and the close proximity to the winter holidays have contributed to the decision to delay the launch. Until the store is officially opened, GPTs created by customers can be shared directly but will not be available for public listing or potential revenue-sharing schemes.
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OpenAI and Rain AI Deal: OpenAI, under Altman’s tenure as CEO, signed a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase $51 million worth of NPUs from Rain AI. Altman has also personally invested in Rain AI.
Rain AI’s Development: Rain AI, located near OpenAI’s headquarters, is working on NPUs to enhance AI computing power and energy efficiency. They anticipate delivering their first hardware by October next year.
Conflict of Interest Concerns: Altman’s investments and OpenAI’s dealings with Rain AI highlight potential conflicts of interest, particularly given his influential role in Silicon Valley and previous leadership at Y Combinator.
OpenAI’s Need for AI Chips: OpenAI faces challenges with AI chip availability and costs. They rely heavily on Microsoft’s cloud services but have faced hardware constraints, leading to interest in alternative chip technologies like Rain AI’s NPUs.
Investment and Security Concerns: Rain AI’s funding and partnerships, particularly with Prosperity7 Ventures, a Saudi Arabia-affiliated fund, raised national security concerns in the U.S., leading to the forced sale of Prosperity7’s stake in Rain.
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