Meta releases Llama 2 – Large Language Model

Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, has created Llama 2, an artificial intelligence (AI) system that competes with ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. However, it comes with a distinctive feature – it will be available to the public at no cost.

The move by Meta allows startups and businesses to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard at a lower cost. Microsoft will distribute Llama 2 through its Azure cloud service, with Meta referring to Microsoft as its “preferred partner” for the release. 

Check: How to Use Llama 2

Llama 2 is part of Meta’s large language model (LLM) series, which underpins generative AI products like ChatGPT. 

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the technology would be available for both research and commercial use, emphasising the company’s commitment to openness and innovation.

Meta has differentiate itself from other tech giants by emphasizing transparency in sharing the data and code it employs for AI system development. Mark Zuckerberg believes that open-source models foster innovation and enhance safety and security. In alignment with this ideology, Meta has made Llama 2 open-source and emphasized its track record of open-sourcing AI projects, such as the popular machine-learning framework PyTorch.

However, the research paper introducing Llama 2 is less transparent than Meta’s previous work, omitting details about the specific data used for training. The model was trained on a combination of publicly available data, excluding Meta’s own products or services. Notably, data from websites containing significant personal information was removed.

Meta has announced that its AI models will be made available for download either directly or through Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. The partnership details regarding the financial terms were not disclosed. However, Meta has confirmed that the models will also be accessible through other platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Hugging Face. It is important to mention that Microsoft, being a major funder and partner of OpenAI (the creator of ChatGPT), is labeled as a “preferred” partner in this arrangement.

Moreover, Microsoft revealed at its Inspire event that it would charge businesses a monthly fee of $30 per user for its generative AI tool, Microsoft 365 Copilot.

Leave a Comment