With the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT and chat completions API, there have been a flurry of new apps making full use of GPT's diverse capabilities. One term that has emerged in this context is a "ChatGPT Wrapper." You've probably seen it mentioned on Twitter, often in a disparaging way, but what does it actually mean?
And more importantly; are they indeed a fad that will be wiped out due to no moat? Or will we continue to see these wrappers pop up in more and more niches, serving a useful, targeted function for those who don't want to battle with ChatGPT all day...
At its core, a ChatGPT wrapper is any application that provides a purpose-built user interface (UI) to interact with OpenAI's GPT models. Essentially, it's a more user-friendly layer between the core language learning model (LLM) technology and the user--hence a 'wrapper' around the tech. While some may dismiss these as mere "wrappers", there's a lot more to the story.
Some critics argue that because these applications are built around OpenAI's infrastructure, they lack uniqueness and are easy to build, hence, they have no "moat" or competitive advantage.
That may be true, in terms of building a competitive advantage around product. But there are other ways to build a moat, and this perspective overlooks the value such wrappers bring to the table.
ChatGPT wrappers take the burden off the user to navigate the complex task of figuring out how to use ChatGPT effectively. Instead, these wrappers create a structure that enables users to perform specific tasks more quickly and efficiently.
Consider the alternative – the chat box interface of ChatGPT. While it's powerful, without a specific structure or guidance, it can be overwhelming for users. They read a couple of articles about 'Tips for using ChatGPT at work', try a couple, then think 'this is how I use this ChatGPT tool'. If the task isn't a direct one-shot answer from ChatGPT, few people are going to take the time to figure out systems and workflows that actually leverage LLMs in their day to day.
Take Bizway as an example. In some sense, Bizway could be described as a ChatGPT wrapper. It's an AI-powered business planning and research app that leverages a GPT4-powered assistant to help users plan their business ideas.
Yes, you could potentially achieve similar results with ChatGPT alone, but it would be a laborious process. Bizway streamlines this process, making it more efficient, convenient, and over time, more accurate and relevant to your specific circumstances. It's a perfect illustration of how ChatGPT wrappers can add value and simplify the user experience.
The rise of ChatGPT wrappers signifies a shift towards more user-friendly applications of AI technology. As AI continues to evolve, we can expect to see more applications like Bizway that harness the power of GPT models, offering tailored, efficient, and easy-to-use solutions to users.
So, the next time you hear the term 'ChatGPT wrapper', remember that it's not just about repackaging OpenAI's technology. It's about making it more accessible, more usable, and more beneficial to the end user.
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