The platform is open source and will be available to developers free of charge

Llama 2, the Artificial Intelligence born from the marriage between Microsoft and Meta

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), as a technological field with infinite applications, is becoming a gigantic market in which the most colossal companies are playing their chess of alliances. The latest example is Llama 2, an AI language model born out of a collaboration between Meta (Facebook's parent company) and Microsoft, announced by the former this week.

Llama 2 is the successor to Llama (Meta's Big AI Language Model), which began life in February as a research and development platform for academic use and has been widely accepted. After more than 100,000 access requests for the first version, Llama 2 aims to achieve even greater success by offering an open source tool capable of generating text in more than 27 languages.

This text will be the material with which software developers will be able to develop countless applications, thanks to the 70 billion parameters that feed the AI's linguistic production capacity, allowing for a more fluid interaction with the user than its predecessor. In fact, 60% of Llama 2's structure is completely new data.

Llama 2 is accessible through Azure, Microsoft's cloud services platform, and has been adapted to run on the Windows operating system.

A river where everyone wants to fish

Meta and Microsoft are thus consolidating a "marriage of convenience" with which they hope to get their slice of the pie in a sector that is moving at an increasingly dizzying pace. OpenAI is the company that has grabbed the most headlines thanks to the huge success of its ChatGPT conversational chatbox, which is now in its fourth version and has motivated the giants of the digital world to accelerate in the race for AI: one example is Google Bard, which also has a free option.

The ubiquitous Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has also joined the trend, giving some hints of what xAI, his bet in this market, will be. The South African tycoon, who also owns the social network Twitter, assures that his model will be more truthful, with a structure of algorithms that will allow the user to give "controversial" answers, leaving aside political correctness.

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