Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has taken a surprising turn in response to the leaked release of its large language model (LLM), Llama-v2. The social media giant has decided to embrace the situation and has officially launched a commercial version of Llama-v2, making it available to the public.
Originally introduced as the Large Language Model Meta AI (Llama) in February, the technology was initially limited to approved researchers and organizations. However, shortly after its announcement, the code found its way onto the internet and became accessible to anyone interested in using it.
Meta took immediate action to remove the leaked program from various websites, including GitHub and the open-source AI group Hugging Face. The company issued take-down orders in an attempt to regain control of its proprietary software. Unfortunately, these efforts proved futile as the code continued to spread across the web.
Recognizing the widespread availability of Llama-v2, Meta made the bold decision to embrace its public release. Rather than fighting a losing battle, the company has decided to capitalize on the situation and officially release a commercial version of the open-source language model.
Both versions of Llama have been extensively trained on a variety of open test websites, including Common Crawl, GitHub, Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, ArXiv, and Stack Exchange. While Microsoft’s ChatGPT and OpenAI’s models may have dominated the headlines, many open-source developers have turned their attention to Llama.
The decision to release Llama-v2 commercially marks a significant shift in Meta’s approach to its AI technologies. By opening up access to the language model, Meta aims to foster innovation and collaboration among developers. This move also reflects the growing trend in the AI community towards open-source solutions, enabling developers to build upon existing models and drive advancements in the field.
With the release of Llama-v2, Meta hopes to tap into the vast potential of its large language model and unlock new possibilities for generating text, images, and code using artificial intelligence. As the technology becomes more widely available, it will be intriguing to see how developers utilize Llama-v2 to shape the future of AI-driven applications and services.