Tech Landscape Transforms as more Companies Race towards Generative AI

Professor Goldstein Delves into Benefits and Drawbacks of Open-Source Language Models Amid Intensifying Industry Competition
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There’s a new large language model in town that threatens to out-open OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

LLaMa 2, from Facebook's parent company Meta, has capabilities roughly in line with big-name competitors. However, it’s also open source, meaning the model’s source code is available for anyone to study or build upon for free.

OpenAI, Google and many other artificial intelligence innovators have opted to keep their latest models proprietary.

A more open approach has obvious benefits for research and enterprise but can also be advantageous for the companies that put these tools out.

Tom Goldstein, a professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, spoke to the advantages and disadvantages of the open-source approach. 

"People are very concerned about malicious uses of language models," says Goldstein, Volpi-Cupal Endowed Professor. "And by having open-source models, there are certain ways in which you might increase the rate at which those malicious uses happen. Some of these are more benign, but they’re certainly annoyances."

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