- OpenAI is the company that developed ChatGPT and Google created the Bard chatbot.
- Both ChatGPT and Bard chatbot are premium AI tools.
- Meta Platforms has released a free version of its artificial intelligence model.
As the artificial intelligence (AI) race heats up, Facebook and Meta Platforms, the company behind the newly launched Threads, announced Tuesday a new free version of their AI model.
The AI newcomer could compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard and usher in future AI tools, including AltSignals’ blockchain-powered ActualizeAI AI ecosystem. alternative signal is currently conducting a pre-sale of ASI Token, the cryptocurrency that powers ActualizeAI.
AltSignals’ pre-sale is now in its third stage (Stage 2) after a successful Beta and Stage 1. The ASI token price increases with each stage and currently costs $0.01875.
Meta’s Open Source AI
In contrast to OpenAI and Google, Meta refrained from releasing a generative AI product and instead released Llama, a language model created specifically for researchers so they can improve it.
Unlike OpenAI and other high-profile AIs created by Google, Llama is open source, so anyone can access the inner workings to tinker and change. Industry-leading OpenAI’s GPT-4 and most of its other generative AI tools are closed and proprietary, meaning users don’t have access to source code or detailed explanations of how data is processed.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook that “open source fosters innovation because it allows more developers to build with new technologies.” He added that “it also improves safety and security” because more people can explore open source software to find and address potential problems.
The focus on safety also highlights a departure from OpenAI’s model, which has warned users of generating false information or deviating from expected behavior during chatbot interactions.
Llama 2, the newly released upgraded version of Meta’s Llama, will be made accessible to any enterprise via download or through a special arrangement with Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.
Microsoft raises AI fees
Microsoft has partnered with both OpenAI and Meta to develop their respective AI tools.
But in a way that hints at the financial windfall expected by AI technology, Microsoft said Tuesday it will charge at least a 53% surcharge to access new artificial intelligence features in its widely used office software.
The company also pledged to make a more secure version of the Bing search engine readily available to businesses to ease data protection concerns, increase interest in AI and increase competition from Google.
Customers will have to pay $30 per user per month for Microsoft 365’s AI Copilot. The AI co-pilot promises to allow employees to draft emails in Outlook, compose documents in Word, and access almost any employee data via chatbot prompts, the company said at the virtual Inspire conference.
Microsoft encourages businesses to use Bing Chat Enterprise, a search engine bot that can create Internet content.
Unlike public Bing, which has been accessed by millions of web surfers in recent months, the enterprise version does not allow viewing or storing user data to train the underlying technology. Employees must log in using their work credentials to get protection.