The future of GPT Store may not be the App Store

Because the palace battle scene was delayed for 2 months, OpenAI's GPT Store was finally launched early this morning.

Its main function is to help users find more useful and popular GPTs, and also to allow developers to make some real money.

If you don't know much about GPTs, you can think of them as customized versions of ChatGPT.

We don’t need to write code and use natural language conversations to create a ChatGPT with exclusive skills, such as a “digitally proficient media editor”. At the same time, they also have built-in functions such as networking and drawing.

In order to make GPTs more professional when "role playing", we can upload files or call third-party APIs to let them access more external data and services.

GPTs developers are already thinking about how to share money with OpenAI, but after experiencing it, we can find that the biggest significance of GPT Store at present is actually to make AI more useful for ordinary users.

Junior AI version of App Store, easy to use but not amazing enough

At first glance, GPT Store does look a bit like the App Store on a mobile phone.

Every week, GPT Store recommends several selected GPTs, similar to the App Store's "Editor's Choice", and also reveals the most popular GPTs, similar to the App Store's rankings.

In addition to the official products of ChatGPT, the categories of GPTs also include mapping, writing, programming, education, efficiency, research analysis, lifestyle, etc. I looked around and saw the word "productivity", so I didn't have to worry about getting bored playing with things.

In the first week after GPT Store was launched, the following 6 GPTs were selected:

  • AllTrails, recommends personalized hiking routes.
  • Consensus, searches and synthesizes results from 200 million papers.
  • Code Tutor, a code tutor produced by "Khan Academy".
  • Canva, design presentations, icons and more.
  • Books, recommended reading guide.
  • CK-12 Flexi, middle and high school math and science tutor.

The low barriers to entry for creating GPT also means it’s harder to stand out. What’s so special about GPTs, which is favored by the government?

To put it simply, they are "older". Most of them call third-party APIs. The creators themselves are a team and have their own website and other mature services.

Canva is produced by the graphic design tool Canva of the same name. In addition to providing design suggestions, it is more importantly a navigation function.

I misunderstood its purpose at first, so I told it that I had sorted out the information about the defendants of AI companies due to copyright issues, and sent it to it according to categories such as "Defendant", "Reasons for Suing" and "Plaintiff", and asked it to help me generate a clear picture. chart.

However, Canva cannot generate it with one click on the current page. It can only interact with the Canva official website according to my needs, find a suitable template, provide a thumbnail of the template for me to click, and jump to the Canva official website for design.

I repeatedly urged it to help me generate the page on the current page, but it refused to relent and ignored me. It sincerely invited me to use Canva, which made people doubt whether it had any "new" indicators.

The once most popular paper GPT "Consensus", the website of the same name has a paper search function.

When I asked "Why is learning languages ​​​​on Duolingo addictive? Please provide a literature review." It summarized the main points at the beginning of each paragraph and gave specific literature and jump links after the main points. Writing a manuscript Don’t worry about running out of inspiration.

CK-12 Flexi, which serves middle and high school students, is like the overseas version of "Homework Helper". I find a junior high school question bank and enter the questions into it to get the answers. It always reminds me at the end, "Dear, there are more updates on the CK-12 website." There are so many learning resources.”

"AllTrails" for finding hiking and other sports routes, with pictures and texts, detailing everything, listing the location, introduction, difficulty, altitude, length, estimated completion time and other details. It can also meet personalized needs such as dog walking, and is also closely related to your own official website association.

It is understandable to "bring in private goods" to attract new ones to yourself. Practice has also proved that the GPTs recommended by the official are not necessarily reliable.

When I asked Books to recommend a medieval fantasy novel, the title and author were all the same. "Illusion" is still an unavoidable problem for generative AI.

Among the 6 GPTs, the most interesting one to me is Khan Academy’s Code Tutor. This non-profit educational institution has been cooperating with OpenAI since 2022. It is not surprising that OpenAI recommends its GPTs this time.

Code Tutor is like a patient and gentle teacher. It is better to teach someone to fish than to teach him to fish. He does not directly help you write code, but helps you solve the difficulties you encounter in programming. He is not afraid of you asking stupid questions and always ends with a question. , I care whether you understand or not.

When I mentioned that I wanted to make a "Pomodoro Clock", Code Tutor broke down the steps and inspired me to think step by step. When I asked to see the reference answers, it would also give me demonstrations, but it still encouraged me to do it myself, which is very suitable for beginners to get started.

Aside from the $20 subscription to GPT-4, using GPTs itself is free. How users who create GPTs can make money is still a mystery. The specific plan will be launched in the first quarter, targeting creators in the United States first. Currently, it is only known to be related to the amount of interaction.

Although the GPT Store is similar to the App Store and integrates a large number of applications, its revenue model is more like short video or music software. Instead of pricing the applications itself, it gets paid based on the creators' share.

And the GPT Store does not have detailed introductions, demonstrations and user reviews like the App Store. All we can see is the name, icon and introduction.

After a complete experience, this GPT Store is not particularly "subversive".

We still search for the GPTs we need in the GPT Store, and then keep them in the sidebar. We look for apps, which is similar to searching and downloading apps in the App Store.

Some GPTs are not as easy to use as full-featured apps. They play a supporting role in providing suggestions, and the actual operation has to be completed by jumping to the website. But after all, GPTs rely on large AI models, and some are also connected to their own databases. The answers are more relevant and comprehensive than GPT-4, and they are also more suitable for people and personalities.

In fact, a more ideal form would be to directly enter the requirements in ChatGPT, and call up the corresponding GPTs in the background to solve specific problems. Multiple calls can be made in one answer, and the application can come to us.

Therefore, GPT Store has just hit the big-model App Store moment, and we look forward to the subsequent improvement of the ecosystem.

In the era of technological equality in AI, everyone is a product manager (right?)

Since the release of GPTs, those who know code and those who don’t know code have become confused.

According to OpenAI statistics, in just 2 months, users have created more than 3 million GPTs. In addition, GPTs Hunter and other wild GPTs recommendation websites also include public GPTs on the order of 100,000.

However, the threshold for "development" has been lowered, and the threshold for "plagiarism" has also been lowered.

There are large model "shells" of technology giants on the outside, and GPTs made by individuals inside to "learn from" each other.

Searching in the GPT Store, you are likely to find GPTs with the same name or similar functions, and even the avatars are exactly the same.

Because some users will take the prompt words of GPTs and then make another one themselves, GitHub also has a project to collect cracked GPTs prompt words.

This time OpenAI has added manual and automatic review functions. Users can also report GPTs, which may be able to kill the arrogance of "Eastern imitation".

In any case, GPTs that rely solely on prompt words and built-in functions are likely to live or die. GPTs can only call APIs and access higher-quality databases as a moat. This is where ordinary users and developers are distinguished.

Developers are struggling, but for ordinary users, GPTs further lowers the threshold for prompt words, and they can just start using it.

In fact, ChatGPT's capabilities are already very powerful. You can ask it any question in human language, but when we complete a specific thing, the effect may not be satisfactory.

For example, if you ask it to translate an English report, it is likely to come out with a stiff translation tone. In the past, we had to use prompt words to guide you step by step, asking it to translate literally first and then translate it freely.

But now, there are already many GPTs that specialize in free translation and more fluent language. We don’t even need to write the prompt word. We just paste the entire article in and it will start spitting out the results directly.

So to a certain extent, the producers of GPTs assume the role of a pioneer in AI.

They know better than ordinary users how to write prompt words, how a problem can be solved by AI, and how to control the unreliability of AI. They then package AI into GPTs to provide simpler and more useful services.

The task of ordinary users has become how to find excellent GPTs faster. In the past, many GPTs navigation websites provided this function to help you sort by ratings, categories, etc. Now GPT Store can also do it, but it is not rich enough.

This time, OpenAI President Greg Brockman also announced the news that GPTs can now learn from chats and remember details and your preferences, but this feature is still in testing. "This is the first step to build your personal ChatGPT." .

From a personal perspective, the fledgling GPTs have also democratized AI creation. No matter whether the GPTs we construct are complex or simple, trying to give prompt words and upload your own database are actually efforts to not fall behind in the AI ​​era.

Thinking on the bright side, saving yourself time is equivalent to making money from GPT Store.

The fight over money is already happening quietly in the dark. Although GPTs are still in their infancy, there is a possibility of crowding out startups that provide services similar to GPTs.

For example, the GPTs of game characters such as "Love and Producer" may have hit platforms such as Character.AI that customize two-dimensional characters and chat partners. GPTs for authentic speaking practice may also be able to compete with NetEase Youdao.

In December 2023, OpenAI announced that it would use GPTs to replace the Beta test function "plug-in" launched in May of the same year, saying that GPTs had learned experience from the plug-in.

The "Actions" of GPTs are actually built based on plug-ins. Simply put, they call one or more APIs to implement more customized operations and interact with external data or the real world, such as connecting to personal mailboxes or travel industry databases.

Ordinary users can directly use other people's GPTs as copilots in work and life, and developers can also connect GPTs to external data or services through coding, allowing GPTs to move closer to agents.

The GPT that amazes me most at the moment is the GPT builder tool GPT Builder – a chatbot that talks to you when developing GPTs.

It is a GPT itself, developed by OpenAI, and is the backbone of GPTs. OpenAI will continue to improve it and serve both newbies and veterans.

Because of it, we have more GPTs and more directly accessible AI functions.

After the popularization of GPTs, it is not clear how much money creators can make, but it is certain that the process of people retrieving, obtaining, and processing information will be reshaped, and traditional search engines, which have always been criticized, will also be accommodated in GPTs. in the ecology.

As OpenAI President Greg Brockman said, to accomplish some things in the past, we had to switch between different applications, but ChatGPT is "a unified language interface built on countless tools."

The existence of GPTs has blurred the boundaries between creators and users. This may be an era where everyone is a product manager, but it is also an era where it is difficult to do better.

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