Meta launched a new version of ‘Llama’, its artificial intelligence model

Facebook owner Meta pulled Tuesday a new free version of its artificial intelligence (AI) model to compete with ChatGPT, created by OpenAI and Google.

OpenAI and Google are behind the linguistic models that serve as the basis for chatbots ChatGPT and Bard respectively, which aroused great enthusiasm for their ability to mimic human creativity and experience. For its part, Meta avoided releasing generative AI products directly to the consumer and developed it instead.Llama’, a language model specifically designed so that researchers can perfect it.

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The most important thing is that Flame is open source, which means that its inner workings are available to everyone to play with and modify, unlike the AIs developed by OpenAI and Google. Along those lines, those models, including OpenAI’s world-leading GPT-4, are closed and proprietary, so customers using them don’t have access to their programming code or how their data is handled.

In this regard, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, claimed the importance of open source. “Open source drives innovation because it allows many more developers to build with new technology,” he said in a Facebook post.

Likewise, he referred to the security that this feature provides, specifying that “also improves securitybecause when software is open, more people can examine it to identify and fix potential problems.” The emphasis on this property in turn underscores a divergence from OpenAI models, which raised alarm bells by generating false information or going off the rails in interactions of chatbots.

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Announcing the release, Mark Zuckerberg highlighted the open source of Llama 2, a feature that is not present in either ChatGPT (OpenAI) or Bard (Google).

flame 2

The new and more powerful version of the Meta model, called ‘Flame 2’will be available to any company for download or through Microsoft’s Azure cloud service, in a special partnership with the maker of Windows. The Microsoft tie-up adds to that company’s significant partnership with OpenAI, signaling that it is trying to diversify its AI offerings with products that give companies greater control of their data and software.

Microsoft, one of the most aggressive tech giants to enter the AI ​​market, saw its stock price soar Tuesday when it said it would charge $30 per user, per month for an AI-enhanced version of Microsoft 365, your office platform. This would be a significant price increase for your business customers and could generate a large increase in revenue for Microsoft if AI is considered a necessary cost in the future.