OpenAI plans to launch an open source alternative to GPT-4 to compete with the growing competition from AI-powered open source language models. Although the precise features of this alternative have not yet been revealed, it is unlikely that OpenAI will make it as good as GPT-4, fearing that it will hurt their business strategy. However, the open source community is making rapid progress and very sophisticated open source alternatives to GPT-4 are emerging.
The Need to Return to Open Source
OpenAI is known for marketing proprietary AI solutions such as ChatGPT. However, the proliferation of open source AI-powered tools is pushing it to adapt. In addition, the brutal cost of developing and maintaining ChatGPT has pushed OpenAI to consider a less expensive open source alternative.
Therefore, OpenAI intends to re-enter the open source world by offering an alternative to GPT-4. This decision is intended to address changing development and cost requirements, but also to appeal to the developer community that prefers customizable and highly sophisticated tools.
Advances in the open source community
Although the open source alternative to OpenAI is unlikely to be as powerful as GPT-4, it will still be attractive to developers looking to design sophisticated models with less expense. Moreover, the open source AI community is making rapid progress, as evidenced by the leak of Meta's LLaMA model or the disclosure of a document signed by a Google engineer warning that OpenAI and Google could lose the race for AI dominance to open source projects.
In sum, the next open source alternative to OpenAI will certainly be closely scrutinized by those interested in artificial intelligence, and comparisons with GPT-4 will not be long in coming once it is available.