- OpenAI developing open-source model XDA; not a direct rival to GPT-4.
- Microsoft invested in ChatGPT, used in Bing.
- Open-source models offer transparency but carry potential cyber risks.
OpenAI, the parent company behind ChatGPT, is reportedly working on an open-source AI model called XDA, according to reports. This move comes after OpenAI’s success with ChatGPT, which prompted Microsoft to invest over $10 billion and acquire the chatbot’s source code. Microsoft Bing now utilizes ChatGPT to compete with Google Search.
While ChatGPT has a paid version called ChatGPT Plus, which is powered by the closed-source GPT-4, OpenAI’s decision to release an open-source AI model is not expected to directly rival GPT-4. However, it could potentially provide an alternative for users and distance them from the paid version.
OpenAI also announced plans to launch their first open-sourced language model to the public.— Rowan Cheung (@rowancheung) May 19, 2023
Open-source AI models have come impressively close in performance to GPT and are more cost-effective to train. pic.twitter.com/7qrSOKeeEs
The release of an open-source AI model by OpenAI and Meta’s launch of its open-source Large Language Model Meta AI (LLaMA) demonstrate the growing popularity of open-source models. These models offer advantages such as transparency and the ability for creative developers to make improvements, sometimes even surpassing closed-source models. As a result, more companies are likely to follow suit and introduce their own open-source AI models.
However, it’s important to consider the potential risks associated with open-source models, as cybercriminals could gain access and misuse the code. We will have to wait and see what OpenAI’s open-source variant looks like and how it differs from GPT-4.