Meta Launches Llama 2, an open-source AI model for chatbots, potentially rival to ChatGPT

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Meta has launched an open-source artificial intelligence model named Llama 2, which is now available for public use.

This large language model (LLM) can be used to create chatbots similar to ChatGPT.

According to The Guardian, “The release of Llama 2 in three versions allows startups, established businesses, and individual operators to access and modify the model for their purposes, potentially creating rivals to popular chatbots like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard chatbot.”

Although Meta admits that Llama 2 is not as advanced as GPT-4, the LLM powering OpenAI’s ChatGPT, it still provides a free alternative for AI enthusiasts.

Meta’s President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg explained that making LLMs open-source would enhance their safety and quality through external scrutiny.

“This move aims to reduce the dominance of big tech companies in developing such models by inviting contributions from a wider community.”

However, it is noted that some concerns arise about an AI arms race as powerful AI tools become readily available to all.

Microsoft, despite being a major financial backer of OpenAI, supports the release of Llama 2, offering it for download via various platforms like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Hugging Face.

“Despite this, LLMs, including ChatGPT’s underlying model, are known to generate false information and can be manipulated to override safety precautions.”

While Meta’s release of Llama 2 brings opportunities for innovation and accessibility in AI, it also raises important questions about the responsible use and regulation of open-source AI models.