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Meta and Microsoft launch AI model Llama 2 for commercial use

July 18, 2023
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The collaboration between tech giants Meta and Microsoft has resulted in a next-gen AI model called Llama 2, designed for commercial and research applications. The model stresses responsibility, includes safety measures and transparency guidelines, and is being offered freely.

Introducing Llama 2: Meta and Microsoft have developed a new AI model called Llama 2.
  • Designed for both commercial use and research
  • Focus on increased responsibility and safety measures
  • Offered as an open-source code

  • Enhancements and Safety Measures: Llama 2 features upgraded safety procedures and a transparency guide.
  • Developers tested models for safety ("red-teamed")
  • Transparency schematic created to outline potential problems
  • Included a guide for responsible use and an acceptable use policy to curb misuse

  • Availability and Use Cases: Llama 2 will be available free of charge, with different versions.
  • Pre-trained and conversation-oriented versions released
  • Microsoft will provide it through Azure AI for use with cloud tools
  • Direct use on Windows PCs and availability via Amazon Web Services and Hugging Face
  • Can be customized by businesses for chatbots, image generators, etc.

  • AI Open Source and Safety Concerns: Open sourcing in AI isn't new, but it raises safety concerns.
  • The original model was open-source but aimed strictly at academics and researchers
  • Concerns exist over misuse of open-source tools by hackers and other malicious entities
  • Comparisons made to other models like GPT-4 and Anthropic's Claude 2, which stress responsible use
  • There is a tech industry-wide concern about large language AI models being misused

  • Regulation and Liability: Discussions are ongoing about the need for regulation and assigning liability.
  • Experts and company leaders have suggested a six-month freeze on experimentation to address ethical and safety issues
  • A Senate bill proposes to make AI creators liable for damaging content

  • Microsoft's Position in AI: For Microsoft, Llama 2 offers a chance to maintain its competitive edge in AI.
  • Microsoft currently uses OpenAI systems in Azure and Bing
  • The collaboration with Meta provides more choices for Microsoft's business customers
  • Customers can fine-tune the model to meet their specific needs

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