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Facebook Has Crowbarred Open the Pandora's Box of AI, Experts Warn

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Meta chief AI scientist and ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Yann LeCun.

Yann LeCun, Meta's chief AI scientist, asked, "Do you want every AI system to be under the control of a couple of powerful American companies?"

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Meta is cracking the AI arms race wide open. Literally.

According to a report from The New York Times, Meta-formerly-Facebook is doubling down on its decision to make its large language model called LLaMA (Large Language Model Meta AI) — which competes with the likes of OpenAI's GPT-4 — open source.

"The platform that will win will be the open one," Yann LeCun, Meta's chief AI scientist, told the NYT, adding that he believes keeping powerful models behind closed doors is a "huge mistake."

It's a remarkably different strategy compared to those of Meta's competitors Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI, which have argued that due to the potential for large-scale misuse, society is safer when the metaphorical Krabby Patty Formula is kept behind closed doors.

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