Meta and Microsoft are releasing Llama 2 free for commercial use and research

Meta and Microsoft announced an expanded artificial intelligence partnership with the release of their new large language model (LLM), Llama 2, which is free for research and commercial use.

This marks the latest trend towards an open LLM development and training approach.

Meta releases Llama 2

Meta announced Llama 2, now accessible through Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Hugging Face, and other providers.

The post highlighted how improved access to fundamental AI technologies can benefit companies worldwide.

Meta aimed to enable developers and researchers to stress test LLMs to identify and fix problems faster.

Meta expressed the belief that opening access is safer than limiting availability. It was hoped that the AI ​​community would work together to improve tools and fix vulnerabilities.

Meta also announced an expanded partnership with Microsoft, making Microsoft the preferred cloud provider for Llama 2.

The new post highlighted Meta’s focus on responsible AI development, including how the models were divided into Red teams, deficiencies revealed and a guide to responsible use provided. To get feedback, an open innovation community and upcoming challenges were presented.

The company was excited about what people around the world are building with the new model.

Statement of support for open AI development

In addition to announcing the release of Llama 2, Meta also released a statement in support of open AI development:

“We support an open innovation approach to AI. Through responsible and open innovation, we are all involved in the AI ​​development process, bringing visibility, control and trust to these technologies. With the opening of today’s Llama models, everyone will benefit from this technology.”

The statement brought together key figures from academia, venture capital and leading technology companies – including NVIDIA, Dropbox, Doordash, Shopify, Zoom and Intel – who support open AI development.

Azure and Windows support Llama2

In a related announcement, Microsoft announced its partnership with Meta to make the new Llama 2 artificial intelligence model available on the Azure cloud platform.

Llama 2 models should also be optimized to run locally on Windows. Microsoft explained that Windows developers can use Llama 2 to create AI experiences for their apps.

Azure customers should be able to tune and deploy Llama 2 models with 7B, 13B, and 70B parameters.

Meta and Microsoft are releasing Llama 2 free for commercial use and researchScreenshot of Meta, July 2023

The Microsoft and Meta partnership aimed to improve access to fundamental AI technologies. Microsoft said they share Meta’s commitment to democratizing AI and its benefits.

Also, the Microsoft ecosystem of open AI models has been extended to Azure.

Microsoft also discussed its approach to responsible AI. They said techniques like prompt engineering can optimize Llama 2 for safer, more reliable experiences. Azure AI Content Safety also provides another layer of protection.

The advantages of open LLMs

Meta’s release of Llama 2 and its availability on multiple platforms, including Microsoft Azure and Windows, marks a major milestone in the trend towards more open and accessible LLMs.

Through expanded partnerships within the AI ​​community, Meta and Microsoft could offer the world a more remarkable way to build on, test and refine large language models like Llama 2.

By opening up access to Llama 2, Meta hopes to fuel innovation and the development of helpful applications based on the model, as Microsoft provides critical computing infrastructure and support through Azure and Windows to enable developers worldwide to take advantage of the new LLM.

Both companies emphasized their commitment to the democratization of AI while pursuing responsible development through transparency, safety practices and collecting feedback. Meta and Microsoft hope to maximize the benefits of AI advances while mitigating the risks.

Only time will tell how much impact Llama 2 and other open LLMs will have on businesses and consumers. But this kind of expanded access and collaboration between technology leaders promises rapid advances in AI capabilities and their thoughtful application.

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