On 18th July, Meta’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will partner Microsoft to introduce the next generation of its AI large language model known as Llama 2. The AI will be free for research and commercial use.
Meta, much like Google and Microsoft have long had a big research team of computer scientists devoted to advancing AI technology. In spite of that, Open AI has overshadowed Meta with ChatGPT that sparked the rush to profit from generative AI tools.
Meta has distinguished itself from other big tech rivals by offering a peek at the data and code it uses to build AI systems.
Meta argues that such openness makes it easier for outside researchers to help identify and mitigate the bias and toxicity that AI systems pick up.
“It also improves safety and security because when software is open, more people can scrutinize it to identify and fix potential issues. I believe it would unlock more progress if the ecosystem were more open, which is why we’re open sourcing Llama 2.”
People can download the new AI models directly or through a partnership that makes them available on Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure along with Microsoft’s saftety and content tools.
Currently, the financial details on the partnership have not been disclosed.
Meta has described Microsoft as their preferred partners. Moreover Meta added that the models will also been available via Amazon Web services (Microsoft’s main cloud rival) as well as AI startup Hugging Faces and others.
Microsoft is also a major funder and partner of OpenAI. Additionally, neither Microsoft nor Google offer other similar open source AI platforms.