The large-language-model sector continues to swell, as Stability AI, maker of the popular image-generation tool Stable Diffusion, has launched a suite of open-source language-model tools.
Dubbed StableLM, the publicly available alpha versions of the suite currently contain models featuring 3 billion and 7 billion parameters, with 15-billion-, 30-billion- and 65-billion-parameter models noted as “in progress,” and a 175-billion-parameter model planned for future development.
Announcing StableLM❗— Stability AI (@StabilityAI) April 19, 2023
We’re releasing the first of our large language models, starting with 3B and 7B param models, with 15-65B to follow. Our LLMs are released under CC BY-SA license.
We’re also releasing RLHF-tuned models for research use. Read more→ https://t.co/R66Wa4gbnW pic.twitter.com/gvDDJMFBYJ
By comparison, OpenAI’s GPT-4 has a parameter count estimated at 1 trillion, 6x higher than its predecessor, GPT-3.
The parameter count may not be a good measure of large-language-model (LLM) efficacy, however, as Stability AI noted in its blog post announcing the launch of StableLM:
“StableLM is trained on a new experimental dataset built on The Pile, but three times larger with 1.5 trillion tokens of content. […] The richness of this dataset gives StableLM surprisingly high performance in conversational and coding tasks, despite its small size of 3 to 7 billion parameters.”
It’s unclear at this time exactly how robust the StableLM models are. The Stability AI team noted on the organization’s GitHub page that more information about the LLMs’ capabilities would be forthcoming, including model specifications and training settings.
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Provided the models perform well enough in testing, the arrival of a powerful, open-source alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT could prove interesting for the cryptocurrency trading world.
As Cointelegraph reported, people are building advanced trading bots on top of the GPT API and new variants that incorporate third-party-tool access, such as BabyAGI and AutoGPT.
The addition of open-source models into the mix could be a boon for tech-savvy traders who don’t want to pay OpenAI’s access premiums.
Those interested can test out a live interface for the 7-billion-parameter StableLM model hosted on HuggingFace. However, as of the time of this article’s publishing, attempts to do so found the website overwhelmed or at capacity.