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Is the GPT Store the next big internet marketplace?

I’ve joined a ChatGPT book club of sorts. For me, winter is best spent curled up on the couch with a good book, and I’m currently reading three: one in print, one on my iPhone, and one audiobook.

That last one is “Dawn,” a 1987 science-fiction tale by Octavia Butler, an author whose work I find captivating. I don’t know if she ever wrote about artificial intelligence, but I think she still would’ve appreciated this exercise.

Last week, OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, opened its GPT Store, offering a collection of third-party applications — essentially fine-tuned versions of ChatGPT that specialize in particular areas of expertise, such as robotics, medical advice, video creation, the list goes on. ChatGPT’s premium service ($20 a month) offers full access to this library. On my first go, I noticed a chatbot called Books and decided to give it a try.

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An artificial hand is seen pointing a finger at a mobile phone screen displaying the Apple App Store with the Chat GPT app in this photo illustration.

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AI makes it personal

OpenAI’s much-anticipated store will open sometime this week. It’ll allow developers to share and sell custom versions of ChatGPT, creating a marketplace reminiscent of Apple’s App Store.

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