Artificial intelligence has become massively popular over the past few years, with AI chatbots and image-generation software popping up left and right. Out of all of the AI chatbots that have been popularized, perhaps the most popular of all has been ChatGPT. OpenAI, the company behind it, has had a lengthier history than most realize.

In this short guide covering the basics, we’ll be going over what OpenAI is, its founders, ownership, main products, frequently asked questions, and dispel some common misconceptions about the company.