OpenAI, owners of ChatGPT to launch AI app store


After launching one of the most popular Artificial Intelligence chatbots, ChatGPT, OpenAI seems to be looking to expand its influence as the company is reportedly planning to launch an AI app store. This marketplace will allow developers and customers to sell their AI model built on top of its AI technology.

Since the launch of ChatGPT, numerous companies have adopted ChatGPT to automate tasks, leading to increased efficiency. Enterprise customers have also found value in customizing ChatGPT to suit their specific needs. With OpenAI’s proposed marketplace, makers of such models could offer them to other businesses.

The introduction of an AI app store by OpenAI is a strategic move that positions the company in a favourable position within the competitive AI market. The company has made substantial progress since its launch, and this has influenced other companies to develop and/or integrate AI chatbots into their operations. Therefore, the concept of an AI app marketplace is a well-timed initiative.

Read Also: OpenAI founders worried “super-intelligent” AIs would destroy the world if not strictly regulated

Although, the AI regulation debate is not over yet

OpenAI, owner of ChatGPT to launch an AI app store

However, the proposed plan for the AI app store comes at a time when discussions around regulating artificial intelligence have intensified. In May, there was a flurry of debates regarding the need for regulations governing AI. Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, also recently called for coordinated international regulation of generative artificial intelligence.

Therefore, it becomes evident that the establishment of an AI marketplace must take into account the necessity of regulations, policies, and user terms and conditions. These measures would ensure responsible and ethical usage of AI applications developed and sold through the marketplace.

Despite the potential need for regulation, the proposed plan for an AI app store is expected to have a significant impact on the AI community.

The positive impact of an AI app store

As companies are also racing to offer their customers new tools and capabilities based on the AI software’s advanced large language models (LLMs), a marketplace to showcase their tools to other customers might not be a bad idea. Some of the impacts include:

  • Broader adoption of OpenAI technology: This can also promote the use of OpenAI’s advanced large language models (LLMs) across industries, driving increased adoption and facilitating the development of new applications and use cases.
  • Accessibility (Provision for all): It empowers individuals and smaller teams, as they can now leverage OpenAI’s resources without extensive infrastructure or AI model training expertise and still get a chance to sell to a wide pool of customers.
  • Innovation and opportunities: This will allow developers to create, showcase, and enhance their AI applications, driving innovation and collaboration in the AI community which is a huge win for the emerging tech ecosystem.
  • Collaboration and support: The AI app store can serve as a hub for developers to receive support, collaborate, share knowledge, and learn from each other’s experiences, leading to collective growth and improvement in AI application development.
  • Monetization/profit-making: The app store hopes to provide developers with a platform to monetize their AI applications thus creating revenue opportunities for developers and bolstering further investment in AI application development.

Negative impact

As interesting as it is, there are also potential negative consequences and questions that we might just want to look into. They are:

  • Lack of Consumer Protection: Without global regulatory policies, the marketplace may lack adequate consumer protection measures, posing challenges for users
  • Quality and Reliability: Will there be a stringent quality control measure to avoid developers flooding the marketplace with low-quality or unreliable applications? This can influence users’ trust which can grow to be a serious issue considering the Anti-AI debates already going on.
  • Ethical Concerns: The need for regulatory policies cannot be overemphasized as issues surrounding developers’ negligence to ethical guidelines or responsible AI practices may occur. This can result in negative social impacts and damage the reputation of both OpenAI and the AI marketplace.
  • Security Risks: In every open marketplace, there is an increased risk of malicious actors exploiting AI technologies for nefarious purposes. Will there be proper screening and security measures to mitigate these risks?
  • Market Fragmentation: It might cause an abundance of AI models, which can lead to market fragmentation, making it harder for businesses and users to navigate and select the most suitable and dependable models.

A win for the Nigerian AI Community- OpenAI marketplace

Sam Altman in Nigeria

Despite challenges such as inadequate infrastructure and network affordability hindering AI adoption and tech in general in Nigeria, the marketplace can still drive innovation and benefit tech talents for the Nigerian AI community. It can offer opportunities like increased access, fostering collaboration, and creating economic prospects.

According to Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, the creator of the popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT, Nigeria is the biggest adopter of AI globally. The CEO made this known during a visit to Nigeria, where he had exclusive Q&A sessions with industry experts, founders, and enthusiasts.

He said:

Number one, Nigeria, among all of the countries on the continent, I believe has been the biggest adopter of our technologies. Also, before this, when I was a partner at YC, we had great success investing in Nigerian companies.

The AI app store will serve as a platform for Nigerian AI developers to showcase, distribute, and monetize their AI models and applications. This not only fosters innovation and accelerates AI development in Nigeria but also provides opportunities for the country’s burgeoning tech talent.

Considering the high unemployment rate of 41%, the marketplace can be a catalyst for entrepreneurship, driving economic growth within the AI sector. By selling their products and services through the marketplace, Nigerian AI developers can leverage global opportunities and engage with international customers, fostering collaborations with developers from diverse regions.

This exposure opens doors to cross-border partnerships, expanding the reach and impact of the Nigerian AI community. It can also open doors to more venture funding extended towards facilitating the country’s AI ecosystem.

Read Also: “Nigeria has been the biggest adopter of Artificial Intelligence in Africa” – Open AI’s Sam Altman

Technext Newsletter

Get the best of Africa’s daily tech to your inbox – first thing every morning.
Join the community now!

Register for Technext Coinference 2023, the Largest blockchain and DeFi Gathering in Africa.

Technext Newsletter

Get the best of Africa’s daily tech to your inbox – first thing every morning.
Join the community now!