Meta says smaller is better

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🎻 Meta joins the AI race: Meta launched a set of LLMs with claims that their star model can outperform GPT-3, despite being 10x smaller

🐰 How deep does the rabbit hole go on ethical sourcing of training data? Stability AI’s CEO hints at private data being used in the training of models

🎚️ Yo, DJ, spin that wheel! Spotify launches new “DJ in a pocket” feature. Is this the start of personalized radio?

Meta says smaller is better


Meta announced the release of LLaMA (Large Language Model Meta AI). The release is aimed at researchers and Meta is making it available on a case-by-case basis.

The catch? It’s not just one model. It's actually a herd of LLaMAs (see what I did there?), and according to Meta AI researchers, some of their models can outperform OpenAI's GPT-3 despite being smaller. In particular, the star LLaMA, LLaMA-13B, reportedly outperforms ChatGPT-like technology despite being 10 times smaller.

Meta has made the entire code and weights of their models publicly available. In contrast, the models underlying OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google's LaMDA are not publicly available.

The release made AI researcher Simon Willison say: "I'm now thinking that we will be running language models with a sizable portion of the capabilities of ChatGPT on our own (top of the range) mobile phones and laptops within a year or two”. Qualcomm also demo’ed last week what they claim to be the fastest-ever deployment of AI image generator Stable Diffusion on a smartphone.

I’m thinking: better start training those LLaMAs soon.

Hacking for data

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The evolution of large language model capabilities is predicated on two things: the models themselves are improved and more data is fed as training into the models.

Emad Mostaque, Stability AI’s CEO claims we’re about to see another jump in the capabilities of LLMs for image generation, but the Tweet sparked a debate on when we will see all of these developments plateauing.

In response to a suggestion that we’ll see smaller leaps once there is no new data to train the models on, Emad suggested one could go behind firewalls to get private data.

If we start going “Mr. Robot” on this, I’m fairly sure AI data training audits aren’t a thing yet. We’re yet to see the EYs and KMPGs descending into AI company offices looking for that private illegal data that one has “borrowed” from behind firewalls.

And even if they do, AI is a black box, training data can be deleted, and no one will know what data went into the black box. How’s that for a new ethical dilemma?

Finally, a DJ that listens


It was only a matter of time before Spotify joined the race to integrate new AI capabilities into their products. Last week, Spotify announced a feature called “DJ” that will better personalize the listening experience.

The feature will provide a curated selection of music, accompanied by AI-powered spoken commentary about the tracks and artists you enjoy. Spotify claims that the voice used for the spoken commentary is "stunningly realistic," similar to that of a radio DJ.

Spotify’s been doing relatively well on the personalization front, so it will be interesting to see the wider reactions to the new feature release. I wonder if this is the start of personalized AI radio. A sensible set of music recommendations with commentary in between that is valuable to me as a listener? Sounds like a radio killer. If anyone is still listening to radio, that is.

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