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OpenAI: Start using ChatGPT instantly. ChatGPT no longer requires signing in with an account in order to use the GPT-3.5 version, at least in some markets. I can access the service without login in an incognito browser window here in California.

The login-free free version includes “additional content safeguards for this experience, such as blocking prompts and generations in a wider range of categories”, with no more details provided as to what that means.

Interestingly, even logged out free users get the option (off by default) to opt-out of having their conversations used to “improve our models for everyone”.

OpenAI say that this initiative is to support “the aim to make AI accessible to anyone curious about its capabilities.” This makes sense to me: there are still a huge number of people who haven’t tried any of the LLM chat tools due to the friction of creating an account.