The much-anticipated GPT Store, unveiled as a highlight during OpenAI’s DevDay 2023, is facing a delay in its launch. Initially slated for release this year, the platform’s rollout has been postponed to early 2024 due to recent boardroom turmoil at OpenAI.
At the first-ever developer conference, OpenAI introduced the GPT Store, a platform akin to an App Store designed specifically for AI applications. DevDay, held on November 6, witnessed the announcement that the GPT Store would be unveiled in 2023.
Boardroom Chaos Unfolds
However, significant developments occurred post-DevDay, notably a boardroom coup leading to the removal of CEO Sam Altman. The ensuing five-day exile and subsequent reinstatement of Altman as CEO marked a tumultuous period for the organization.
Launch Postponement Announcement
In a memo addressed to the staff, OpenAI communicated the decision to launch the GPT Store in early 2024, contrary to the previously anticipated release this year. The memo, reported by Axios.com, acknowledged the unexpected events that unfolded in the latter half of November.
Developers’ Updates and Future Plans
Despite the setback, OpenAI assured its developers of forthcoming updates to ChatGPT in the interim. The company had introduced Custom GPT applications for Plus and Enterprise users during DevDay, allowing users to create personalized versions of ChatGPT through custom instructions.
Operational Ambiguity and Leadership Change
The GPT Store was envisioned as a platform where users could share and monetize their custom versions of ChatGPT. However, details about how the store would operate remain unclear. The recent leadership change, with Sam Altman’s temporary ousting and subsequent return, has seemingly affected OpenAI’s launch plans.
The GPT Store’s delay adds a new chapter to the unfolding story of OpenAI’s organizational dynamics. Despite the challenges, the company remains committed to providing users with enhanced features and updates while navigating through a period of significant change.
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