The AI chatbot will be significantly easier to access after a substantial upgrade to ChatGPT.
The domain name AI.com now points to OpenAI's ChatGPT(Opens in a new tab). The domain was registered in 2021, but it did not resolve to a website until this week.
Mashable contacted with Jeffrey Gabriel of Saw.com, a major domain broker who claimed credit for expediting the sale, to learn more. In 2010, Gabriel was the broker(Opens in a new tab) that brokered the sale of the Sex.com domain for $13 million, which was a record-breaking price at the time.
Gabriel stated that, due to the conditions of the sale, he could not disclose who the buyer of AI.com was, but the dialogue left little room for interpretation. Other theories, such as someone doing OpenAI a favor worth tens of millions of dollars, strain plausibility.
Mashable requested OpenAI to confirm that it was the domain's buyer, but the company has not yet responded.
Gabriel did claim that a domain "like" AI.com(Opens in a new tab) would sell for more than $10 million on the current market. Gabriel also verified that the AI.com(Opens in a new tab) asking price was $11 million prior to the acquisition.
Gabriel asserts that AI.com has received consistent offers since he began brokering the name.
"Weekly, someone would offer a hundred thousand, two hundred thousand, or a million dollars," he claims.
One possible buyer, according to Gabriel, was Amazon, but he believes the company was more interested in using the domain for a forthcoming Amazon Internet product than one based on artificial intelligence. The e-commerce behemoth finally decided not to purchase the domain. Gabriel notes that it is intriguing that AI-focused businesses like Nvidia and Intel showed no interest when approached about the topic.
Gabriel stated, "It's interesting when you sell names like these to industry leaders." "Frequently, they do not want them or are hesitant to pay higher prices. To build the idea of market leadership, it is typically the smaller, less established company that lacks a household name or brand that must make a splash or do something to make them more remembered."
"I'm not sure if [the buyer] actually need it," he continued. "Yet, it will strengthen that product's position as the market leader. It completed the task in a couple of weeks or months, correct? Some businesses would require 10 to 20 years to get this level of buzz and usage."
Owing to their brevity and scarcity, two-letter.com domains are regarded as the holy grail of domains in the business. There are only 676 potential combinations, and they've all been registered for a long time, so the only way to get one is to pay a premium on the secondary market. According to NameBio(Opens in a new tab) and DNJournal(Opens in a new tab), two websites that track public domain transactions, even the most random two-letter.com combination has sold for at least $100,000 in the past decade. IT.com(Opens in a new tab), the top two-letter domain sale of the previous year, was acquired for $3.8 million.