Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, has fostered a powerful artificial intelligence system named Llama 2, which rivals OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard.
Meta intends to provide startups and businesses a cost-effective opportunity to compete with counterparts using ChatGPT and Bard by offering a commercial version of its AI model for free, a significant departure from the norm.
Microsoft is described as Meta’s “preferred partner” for this release, and the new Llama 2 version will be supplied through Microsoft’s Azure cloud service and run on the Windows OS. The AI large language model Llama 2 will be accessible for both research and commercial use, according to Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
In many aspects, Meta’s pursuit of AI improvements has been comparable to those of other tech behemoths like Google and Microsoft. However, it was eclipsed by ChatGPT’s success, which prompted a rush to make use of generative AI tools that can create original content, such as text and images.
One of Meta’s unique selling points is its dedication to transparency. It provides data and code for developing AI systems, enabling other researchers to spot and address potential bias and toxicity problems. According to Zuckerberg, the open sourcing-of Llama 2 will promote innovation and enhance security.
Despite this focus on transparency, the study report unveiling Llama 2 exhibits less openness than what was previously observed in Meta’s work. The model mentioned that personal information was excluded from some websites and trained on a fresh mixture of publicly accessible data.
Llama, the name of Meta’s first AI model, was open-sourced; however, the business omitted the capitalization for its second iteration. Llama 2 and Microsoft’s security and content technologies will be accessible via direct download via the Azure cloud platform.
Llama 2 will be available through Amazon Web Services, Hugging Face, and Microsoft, referred to as a “preferred partner,” in addition to these other platforms. Due to its considerable financial support and partnership with OpenAI, the company that developed ChatGPT, Microsoft is also a part of the AI collaboration with Meta.
The two businesses formally declared their commitment to democratizing AI and its advantages at a Microsoft event for business customers. Meta already uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.
In addition to the already established subscription fees for enterprises, Microsoft now disclosed a monthly fee of $30 per user for its flagship generative AI tool, Microsoft 365 Copilot.