I just read this post written by Stephen Downes. I am sharing it below. I must add that I immediately signed up for Elicit, and I have already started using it for research on writing about the use of technology to enhance learning. These are truly times of rapid changes, and those who can keep ut will undoubtedly benefit.
Stanford’s Alpaca AI performs similarly to the astonishing ChatGPT on many tasks – but it’s built on an open-source language model and cost less than US$600 to train up. It seems these godlike AIs are already frighteningly cheap and easy to replicate. New Atlas
While most media is paying attention to commercial AI solutions provided by the likes of Google, Amazon, Baidu, Meta and OpenAI, there is also a thriving open source AI scene that has been making some noise in the last few days. First, we read that OpenAssistant is now live on reddit. Here are some examples of it in action. Next, you can use services like Elicit to conduct and assemble literature reviews. “Elicit can find relevant papers without perfect keyword match, summarize takeaways from the paper specific to your question, and extract key information from the papers.” Via Peter Suber. We also have Mozilla’s Trustworthy AI project as Mozilla.ai, “a startup — and a community — that will build a trustworthy and independent open-source AI ecosystem.” Finally, Alan Levine points to Stanford’s Alpaca. It “performs similarly to the astonishing ChatGPT on many tasks – but it’s built on an open-source language model and cost less than US$600 to train.”