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📅 ThursdAI - Dec 28 - a BUNCH of new multimodal OSS, OpenAI getting sued by NYT, and our next year predictions

📅 ThursdAI - Dec 28 - a BUNCH of new multimodal OSS, OpenAI getting sued by NYT, and our next year predictions

From Weights & Biases, your weekly ThursdAI summary, including discussion about Upstage SOLAR, new tiny multimodal models, OpenAI lawsuit and our 2024 AI predictions
Midjourney V6 is really really really good at recreating copyrighted material like movie scenes

Hey hey hey (no longer ho ho ho 🎄) hope you had a great Christmas! And you know that many AI folks have dropped tons of OpenSource AI goodies for Christmas, here’s quite a list of new things, including at least 3 new multi-modal models, a dataset and a paper/technical report from the current top model on HF leaderboard from Upstage.

We also had the pleasure to interview the folks who released the Robin suite of multi-modals and aligning them to “good responses” and that full interview is coming to ThursdAI soon so stay tuned.

And we had a full 40 minutes with an open stage to get predictions for 2024 in the world of AI, which we fully intent to cover next year, so scroll all the way down to see ours, and reply/comment with yours!

TL;DR of all topics covered:

  • Open Source LLMs

    • Uform - tiny(1B) multimodal embeddings and models that can run on device (HF, Blog, Github, Demo)

    • Notux 8x7B - one of the first Mixtral DPO fine-tunes - (Thread, Demo)

    • Upstage SOLAR 10.7B technical report (arXiv, X discussion, followup)

    • Capybara dataset open sourced by LDJ (Thread, HF)

    • Nous Hermes 34B (finetunes Yi34B) - (Thread, HF)

    • Open Source long context pressure test analysis (Reddit)

    • Robin - a suite of multi-modal (Vision-Language) models - (Thread, Blogpost, HF)

  • Big CO LLMs + APIs

    • Apple open sources ML-Ferret multi-modal model with referring and grounding capabilities (Github, Weights, Paper)

    • OpenAI & Microsoft are getting sued by NewYorkTimes for copyright infringement during training (Full Suit)

  • AI Art & Diffusion & 3D

    • Midjourney v6 alpha is really good at recreating scenes from movies (thread)

Open Source LLMs

Open source doesn't stop even during the holiday break! Maybe this is the time to catch up to the big companies? During the holiday periods?

This week we got a new 34B Nous Hermes model, the first DPO fine-tune of Mixtral, Capybara dataset but by far the biggest news of this week was in Multimodality. Apple quietly open sourced ml-ferret, an any to any model able to compete in grounding with even GPT4-V sometimes, Uform released tiny mutli-modal and embeddings versions for on device inference, and AGI collective gave NousHermes 2.5 eyes 👀

There's no doubt that 24' is going to be the year of multimodality, and this week we saw an early start of that right on ThursdAI.

Ml-Ferret from Apple (Github, Weights, Paper)

Apple has been in the open source news lately, as we've covered their MLX release previously and the LLM in a flash paper that discusses inference for low hardware devices, and Apple folks had 1 more gift to give. Ml-Ferret is a multimodal grounding model, based on Vicuna (for some... reason?) which is able to get referrals from images (this highlighted or annotated areas) and then ground the responses with exact coordinates and boxes.

The interesting thing about the referring, is that it can be any shape, bounding box or even irregular shape (like the ferred in the above example or cat tail below)

Ferret was trained on a large new dataset called GRIT containing over 1 million examples of referring to and describing image regions (which wasn't open sourced AFAIK yet)

According to Ariel Lee (our panelist) these weights are only delta weights and need to be combined with Vicuna weights to be able to run the full Ferret model properly.

Uform - tiny (1.5B) MLLMs + vision embeddings (HF, Blog, Github, Demo)

The folks at Unum have released a few gifts for us, with an apache 2.0 license 👏 Specifically they released 3 vision embeddings models, and 2 generative models.

Per the documentation the embeddings can yield 2,3x speedup improvements to search from Clip like models, and 2-4x inference speed improvements given the tiny size. The embeddings have a multi-lingual version as well supporting well over 20 languages.

The generative models can be used for image captioning, and since they are tiny, they are focused on running on device, and are already converted to ONNX format and core-ML format. Seen the results below compared to LLaVa and InstructBLIP, both at the 7B range

I've tried a few images of my own (you can try the demo here), and while there was hallucinations, this tiny model did a surprising amount of understanding for the size!

Also shoutout to Ash

Robin suite of multimodal models (Thread, Blogpost, HF)

The folks at the CERC-AAI lab in MILA-quebec have released a suite of multi-modal models, that they have finetuned and released a fork of NousHermes2.5 that can understand images, building on top of CLIP, and SigLIP as the image encoder.

In fact, we did a full interview with Irina, Kshitij, Alexis and George from the AGI collective, that full interview will be released on ThursdAI soon, so stay tuned, as they had a LOT of knowledge to share, from fine-tuning the clip model itself for better results, to evaluation of multimodal models, to dataset curation/evaluation issues and tips from Irina on how to get a government supercomputer compute grant 😈


Big CO LLMs + APIs

OpenAI is being used by NYT for copyright infringement during training (Lawsuit)

New York times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, seeking damages (amount unclear) and removal of NYT data from OpenAI models. The full lawsuit is a worthwhile read, and in includes a whopping 100 pages of examples of GPT4 completing NYT articles verbatim. I personally wasn't able to reproduce this behavior in the chatGPT app, but some folks on X suggested that it's possible in the OpenAI playground, with the right prompt and NYT URL in the prompt.

This lawsuit came after a round of attempted negotiations between NYT and OpenAI, which apparently failed, and it's worth noting a few things. First, OpenAI (with almost every other AI company) have a "Copyright shield" feature, where they protect the user of these services from getting sued for copyright violations. So there is no direct exposure for customers of OpenAI. Additional thing of note is, the NYT information is compiled not by OpenAI directly, rather, OpenAI (and almost every other LLM) have used the CommonCrawl dataset (among others) which did the crawling and collection of text itself.

Per the CommonCrawl license, OpenAI should have reached out to each individual URL in that dataset and worked out the copyright on their own, which is a bit difficult to do, as CommonCrawl includes 3-5 billion pages collected each month.

Regardless of the claims, the hottest takes I saw in regards to this are, that by the time anything moves with this lawsuit, we will be on GPT-6 or so and it won't matter by then, or that OpenAI will have to retrain a model without NYT data, which I find quite ludicrous personally and very unlikely to happen.

If this lawsuit actually sets a precedent, this will IMO be a very bad one for the US, considering other countries like Japan are already getting ahead of this, declaring all scraped data as fair us if used for training (source)

Of course, all of X became IP experts overnight, and the debates are very interesting, some are confusing technical terms, some are claiming that OpenAI will just cave and pay NYT, while some super libertarian ones take it all the way down to: if AI has human rights, and if it does, then preventing it learning from copyright material is like preventing people to read Hemingway.

This weeks buzz (What I learned in WandB this week)

This week, we sent out our annual emails of wrapped cards for everyone who used Weights & Biases to train models this year. This is a yearly tradition, similar to Spotify, however, for ML purposes, and this year the cards were generated with stable diffusion XL, generating hundreds of thousands of images based on autogenerated model run names!

The interesting thing I noticed also, is just how many folks shared their stats screenshots right from the email we send, including not only how many hours they spend training models this year, but also how many other features they used, like reports and sweeps. And I noticed just how many folks don't use reports, which is a shame, as it's such a cool feature! WandB literally has a built in blogging platform for all your ML needs and it includes live widgets of every metric you're tracking in your runs, it's really great.


AI Art & Diffusion

Midjourney v6 is incredible at recreating actual movie stills and scenes (Thread)

Another potential lawsuit is waiting to happen? We already saw lawsuits against StabilityAI for supposed copyright infringement and stability did a lot of work to exclude proprietary art from their training datasets, however, the new incredible version of Midjourney, shows just.. a mind-blowing accuracy in recreating scenes from movies, and cartoon styles. Just look at some of these examples (collected by some folks on X)

This + the above lawsuit news coming for OpenAI & Microsoft from New York Times is setting up 24' to be the year where copyright law and AI finally meet for real. And we'll keep reporting on the outcomes.

Predicitons for 24'

In the last 20 minutes of the pod recording we opened up the floor to folks giving us their predictions for AI developments in the year 2024, and I also asked this question on X itself. The idea was, to come back next year during our yearly summary and see which predictions we hit, and which predictions we were not even remotely thinking about!

Here's a list of predictions with their category (Thanks to AI to help me sort these from different sources and transcription)

  • Open Source LMs

    • 1GB models with Mix Trail performance levels - Nisten

    • Continual pretraining and building on top of each other's work - Irina Rish

    • Smaller models trained on more data - Irina Rish

    • Consolidation and standardization of models - Irina Rish

    • Agents running on 7B models with capabilities like web search and code interpretation - Shroominic

    • End of dominance of transformer architecture - Far El

    • Marriage of reinforcement learning and language models - Far El

    • New benchmarking standards - Far El

    • Plug and play weights for expertise - Umesh

    • Self-improving pipeline framework - Umesh

  • Big Companies/APIs

    • Mistral to become a major player, surpassing companies like Anthropic - Alex Volkov

    • Apple AI device with multimodal capabilities - Umesh

    • Google Gemini Pro commoditizing APIs - Umesh

    • Model that can ace undergrad computer science curriculum - George Adams

    • Extremely good but expensive model (~$1 per response) - Shroominic

    • Apple spatial computing + AI product innovation - John Doe

    • Real-time multilingual translation app/device - Umesh

  • Vision/Video

    • AI-generated full length feature film - Umesh

    • Artist AI model galleries for art generation - Umesh

    • Real-time video understanding and multimodal models - Alex Volkov

    • Public release of high quality, fast voice cloning tech - Alex Volkov

    • 3D model/animation generation for video games - tobi

    • Meta will outperform most companies in video AI and mixed reality - Alex Volkov

  • Other

    • Localized national AI models - Ravi

    • Rise in use of deepfakes - Ravi

    • Surge in metadata embedding for ownership identification - R.AI.S.E

    • Advances in AI for biology/healthcare - Ravi, Ash Vardanian

    • A model capable of completing an undergrad CS curriculum at an A level by the end of the year - George Adams

    • AI device, fully capable of multimodal capabilities, from Apple - Educated Guess

    • Development in domain-specific LMs for bio applications, especially in synthetic biology - Ravi

  • Twitter Prediction

    • CodeInterpreterAPI V2 - Shroominic

    • Gemini will NOT outperform ChatGPT - Alex Northstar

    • Tech slowdown in mass adoption, human creativity as bottleneck - “charles harben”

    • Biology and Robots - Sinan

    • Code LLMs near junior developer productivity - Karthik Kannan

    • Tokenizers will work - Geronimo

    • LLM curve plateaus, focus on refining and multimodal, OpenAI settles with NYT - hokiepoke

    • Fully generated, rigged, voiced game characters, minimal human intervention - Rudzinski Maciej

    • AI affects politics - 𝕄𝕏𝕊ℍℝ🤖

    • Audio reaches DallE3 level, video and 3D advancements, new cool modality - Darth thromBOOzyt

    • Synthetic data will be huge - Leo Tronchon

Ok now that our predictions are here, we'll come back here next year and see who hit what predictions!

If you have predicitons if your own, please reply to this email/substack and post them here as well, so we'll have a record 🫡

With that, I want to wish you a happy new year, and as always, see you here next week 👏

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ThursdAI - The top AI news from the past week
Every ThursdAI, Alex Volkov hosts a panel of experts, ai engineers, data scientists and prompt spellcasters on twitter spaces, as we discuss everything major and important that happened in the world of AI for the past week.
Topics include LLMs, Open source, New capabilities, OpenAI, competitors in AI space, new LLM models, AI art and diffusion aspects and much more.
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