OpenAI makes its text-generation tech available commercially



The AI-centric organisation offers its first commercial product, giving businesses access to GPT-3, the most powerful deep-learning model NLP produced so far.

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OpenAI recently released a pre-print of its mega offering the GPT-3 in the last week of May. And as of Wednesday, the California-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) research company has made this product commercially available. 

OpenAI, which initially started as a non-profit with the vision to mitigate potential harm that can come by AI has announced that it will offer GPT-3 API, the most powerful deep-learning model for natural-language-processor (NLP) to selected companies in the first phase. It is worthy to note that just less than three weeks back, OpenAI deemed GPT-3 too dangerous to be shared openly. “We can’t anticipate all of the possible consequences of this technology, so we are launching today in a private beta rather than general availability, building tools to help users better control the content our API returns, and researching safety-relevant aspects of language technology,” announced the official PR on the OpenAI blog.

The price for the GPT-3 API is undecided, and its usage is yet unclear to many, including OpenAI. “In releasing the API, we are working closely with our partners to see what challenges arise when AI systems are used in the real world,” says the blog. The users can use the AI by simply inputting any text prompt - a fictional story, a news article, even a song - and the software will carry forward the style. 

Unlike other NLPs, GPT-3 and its predecessor learned text and word predicting by simply looking at the past patterns, therefore requiring fewer dataset training and supervision. Thus, the software can be used to create fluent chatbots, new gaming experiences and much more. Researchers say that the software is even capable of playing chess and solve mathematical problems if trained right. 

Reddit is one of the most famous early customers of the API. The social media company is exploring how the API can help in content moderation. Algolia, the SaaS-based search provider is using the API to advance its understanding of the natural language search. Replika, a start-up that creates AI companions is using the API too. 

While OpenAI was originally founded by former Y Combinator president Sam Altman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk as a non-profit in 2015 with a vision to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits everyone. As for the decision to take this commercial leap, the company explains, “We see developing commercial products as one of the ways to make sure we have enough funding to succeed…We also believe that safely deploying powerful AI systems in the world will be hard to get right. In releasing the API, we are working closely with our partners to see what challenges arise when AI systems are used in the real world.”

The company has been extremely cautious in the past of the various threats that can be created by their multi-purpose NLP tool. Therefore, the product’s release is in a phased manner, with the company offering the beta-version to limited partners. “We will terminate API access for use-cases that cause physical or mental harm to people…As we gain more experience operating the API in practice, we expect to expand and refine these categories,” explains the blog. 


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