ChatGPT Plus Available:

OpenAI is introducing a new subscription plan, ChatGPT Plus, which will be available for twenty dollars a month. This plan offers faster response times, priority access to new features and other improvements. The current free “economy” level tier will still be available to the hoi polloi. You can sign up for the waitlist here. The company plans to expand access and support to additional countries and regions soon.

Cade Metz at The New York Times, in OpenAI to Offer New Version of ChatGPT for a $20 Monthly Fee, explains that simulating neurons gets expensive:

Sam Altman, OpenAI’s chief executive, said the company spent “single-digit cents” serving up each chat on the service. That can quickly add up, considering that more than a million people used ChatGPT in the first few days after its release. The new subscription service is designed to make some of this money back while the company continues to offer a free version of the chatbot, said Hannah Wong-Silva, a spokeswoman for OpenAI.