GPT-3 and AI Freedom

August 2021

Much has been said about the Artificial Intelligence language model GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) by OpenAI recently. Its capabilities are impressive, and it promises technological and social disruption that has the potential to be both benevolent and malicious.

Left solely in OpenAI’s hands, GPT-3 would remain a black-box proprietary technology with all the restrictions and limitations associated with using software as a service provided by a third party. The ability to freely explore the technology’s capabilities and develop countermeasures for its negative impacts would remain restricted by an organisation making profit-driven decisions about access and control.

To counter this, EleutherAI, a collective of volunteer researchers, engineers, and developers, are working on an open source competitor to GPT-3. The advantages include being able to control the source code and software yourself, train and configure the model on your own domain-specific data, and integrate the technology directly into your own software and business tools without relying on a middle-man.

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