Forget about OpenAI and Google

Open-Sourced AI Projects Are Catching Up, and Fast!

Tan Han Wei


As someone who is deeply interested in the AI landscape, I recently stumbled upon an interesting leaked internal Google document that makes some bold claims about the future of artificial intelligence. In this article, I want to share my thoughts on the points raised and explain why I believe open source AI is the real game-changer to which we should all be paying attention.

The Rise of Open Source AI: Catching Up to Giants

Source: LMSYS Org

Based on the leaked document, both Google and OpenAI are lagging behind open-sourced AI projects. While they focus on their “arms race,” open source AI has been making astonishing progress. For instance, people can now run sophisticated language models using just a phone, fine-tune personalized AI on a laptop, and create multimodal models in a very short amount of time.

These advancements are driven by a large pool of open-source communities that build on top of each other’s work. They iterate rapidly and bring cutting-edge AI to the masses at very low costs. The document argues that Google and OpenAI should learn from and collaborate with the open source community, as their models are becoming more affordable, customizable, and easily accessible.

The Open Source Advantage: A New Paradigm

One of the key takeaways from the leaked document is that open source AI has some crucial advantages over the traditional model of proprietary AI development. How so? Well, the entry barrier for training and experimentation has significantly decreased. With open source AI, anyone with an idea can build and iterate quickly and cost-effectively, leading to a rapid pace of innovation that outpaces even the largest players in the field, which is unthinkable.

In addition, the open-source community is not restricted by the typical corporate licenses or secrecy. In other words, this freedom allows them to build on existing models, share their work, and create new solutions at an unprecedented speed. Perhaps…