OpenAI has made available APIs for ChatGPT and the company’s AI-powered transcription and translation service Whisper. These APIs will help companies integrate ChatGPT and Whisper into their conversational platforms and will be significantly less expensive than using the company’s existing language model.
“Through a series of system-wide optimizations, we have achieved a 90% cost reduction for ChatGPT since December; we now pass those savings on to API users,” the company said in a blog post.
OpenAI launched Whisper in September and ChatGPT in November. With this API offering, ChatGPT and Whisper can now be officially integrated into third-party software.
“ChatGPT and Whisper models are now available on our API, giving developers access to advanced language (not just chat!) and speech-to-text capabilities,” the company said.
Whisper allows transcription in multiple languages, as well as translation from those languages to English.
Whisper has received huge praise from the developer community, but can also be “difficult to use,” OpenAI admitted. The company has “now made the large-v2 model available through our API, which provides convenient on-demand access for $0.006/minute (audio input),” it said.
Whisper’s large-v2 model in the API yields much faster and cost-effective results, according to OpenAI.
Whisper accepts files in multiple formats, including M4A, MP3, MP4, MPEG, MPGA, WAV, and WEBM. It has been trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual and multitask supervised data collected from the internet.
The ChatGPT APIs sit on the GPT 3.5 Turbo language model, which is the same “family” as the one used in the latest version of ChatGPT.
Companies using ChatGPT for their operations must pay $0.002 per 1000 tokens (about 750 words). OpenAI will provide businesses with a tool to assess how much tokens would cost per user query and translate this into the scale of their customer query.
OpenAI claimed that their prices are 10 times cheaper than the existing GPT 3.5 models, the version that originally powered ChatGPT.
ChatGPT API users can expect continuous model improvements and the ability to choose dedicated capabilities for more control over the models.
ChatGPT launched in November and was an instant hit. Just two months after its launch, it registered 100 million active users. However, this huge demand prevented the company from keeping up with the pace, leading to downtimes.
For the past two months, ChatGPT’s uptime has failed to meet its own expectations “nor those of our users. Our engineering team’s top priority right now is the stability of production use cases,” said OpenAI.
Several organizations, including technology giants such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Meta, have developed advanced speech recognition systems. If OpenAI can establish itself in the speech-to-text market on a large scale, it could prove to be quite profitable for the Microsoft-backed company.
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