@logankilpatrick I really hope you can address this situation quickly. I was recently at a conference for AI developers, and a serious issue came up. Many developers feel like OpenAI is turning against them. They’re using your API, but now it feels like you’re becoming a competitor instead of a partner.
We’ve heard that ChatGPT, which was meant to be a preview for developers, is now being developed further and closed off to us. This is causing companies like JASPER.ai, who rely on your technology, to lose ground and customers to ChatGPT. This doesn’t seem right, especially now that OpenAI is a for-profit company with significant backing from Microsoft.
This situation reminds me of when Amazon invited sellers to use its Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) service. The sellers listed their products, and then Amazon used that data to find out what was selling well. They then sourced the same products at a lower cost and listed them as “Amazon’s Choice,” competing with the very partners they had invited to use their platform.
OpenAI, we need reassurance that you’re on our side, and that your focus is on supporting us, not just on developing ChatGPT. We need to feel like we’re part of an open and collaborative community. Right now, it feels like you’re taking the ball and going home.
If you’re planning to build a walled garden around ChatGPT, similar to the iOS app store, why should we stay? It’s becoming harder for us to compete, and it seems like you’re on track to become the only major player.
If certain features are not made available in the API, there’s a good chance that your developers will not be happy. We’re already feeling overlooked and unappreciated.
Personally, I’ve been working on a Software as a Service (SaaS) app, and I’m seriously considering using another model or API. We, as developers, have options. Right now, we’re not feeling valued or supported.
I won’t build my app on shaky ground. This feels like when Twitter asked developers to create apps using their API, only to close down the API after those developers helped Twitter grow.
I hope OpenAI will address these concerns. I, for one, will not stick around if you continue to compete with us rather than collaborating with us. There are plenty of other options out there.
So, OpenAI, are you going to be a partner and a leader, or are you going to see us as competitors?