To call ChatGPT, the free text-generating AI developed by San Francisco-based startup OpenAI, a hit is a massive understatement.
As of December, ChatGPT had an estimated over 100 million monthly active users. It’s attracted major media attention and spawned countless memes on social media. It’s been used to write hundreds of ebooks in Amazon’s Kindle store. And it’s credited with coauthoring at least one scientific paper.
But OpenAI, being a business — albeit a capped-profit one — had to monetize ChatGPT somehow, lest investors get antsy. It took a step towa