Correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand that an API is a website or a section of a website that grabs information from a different website and displays it. Like for example, having a small section of my website show the weather in your local area is an API (as the weather info is grabbed from BBC weather for example)
So when I came across this phrase (in the Open AI website, which is me exploring things that are completely out of my depth) I was confused:
Could someone help me understand exactly what they mean?
Do they mean they are releasing some lines of code / they’re giving away their technology? Or do they mean that they are releasing a small block of code (the API, but not the lines of code that are the actual breakthrough tech which I imagine they would not share) that you can use which enables you to send them some query to their server (such as a phrase you want to autocomplete), their server processes the data and spits out the autocompleted phrase, and then sends it back to you?
I’ve also heard an API is like a waiter. So they are releasing their ‘waiter’ so that I can use it to fetch info from their website/from their technology. Without this release I would not be able to use their technology. I think I’m answering my own question here, please tell me if what I’m saying is absurd and I’m not even close