Meta introduces new language model amid Big Tech’s AI push


February 24, 2023 | 2:02 p.m

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Platforms announced Friday that it is releasing a new large-scale language model based on artificial intelligence aimed at the research community, making it the latest company to join the AI ​​race.

The battle for AI tech dominance, which has existed in the background until recently, began late last year with the launch of Microsoft-backed OpenAI ChatGPT, prompting tech heavyweights from Alphabet to China’s Baidu to create their own offerings .

Metas LLaMA, short for Large Language Model Meta AI, will be available to researchers and entities associated with government, civil society and academia under a non-commercial license, a blog said.

The company provides users with the underlying code to optimize the model and use it for research-related use cases. The model, which Meta says requires “far less” computing power, is trained on 20 languages, with a focus on languages ​​with Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.

Meta said this AI model requires “far less” processing power and is trained on 20 languages, with a focus on languages ​​with Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.AP

“Today’s announcement by Meta appears to be a step to test their generative AI capabilities so they can implement them into their products in the future,” said Gil Luria, Senior Software Analyst at DA Davidson.

“Generative AI is a new application of AI that Meta has less experience with, but is clearly important to the future of their company.”

AI has emerged as a bright spot for investment in the tech industry, whose slowing growth has led to widespread layoffs and a slashing of experimental bets. Meanwhile, Alphabet’s Microsoft, Baidu and Google are integrating their respective advanced AI language engines into mass products like search.

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Meta released the large language model OPT-175B in May last year, also aimed at researchers, and forming the basis of a new iteration of its chatbot, BlenderBot.

It later launched a model called Galactica, which it said could write scientific articles and solve math problems, but its demo was later shelved because it repeatedly generated authoritative-sounding content.

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