Inflection AI unveils powerful chatbot model amidst OpenAI turmoil


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In the midst of upheaval at OpenAI, startup Inflection AI has launched its latest AI model, Inflection-2, which it claims surpasses Google and Meta’s alternatives and is nipping at the heels of OpenAI’s flagship, GPT-4, according to a Forbes report.

Inflection AI, known for the conversational chatbot Pi, asserts that Inflection-2 outperforms Google’s PaLM Large 2 model and Meta’s LLaMA 2 on various benchmarks, positioning it as the top-performing model of its size. While acknowledging GPT-4 as larger, Inflection CEO Mustafa Suleyman expressed excitement about the evolving capabilities of AI, stating, “We’re just at the very beginning of this scaling curve, and the new capabilities that are going to arise are truly mind-blowing.”

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The freshly-released model is slated to integrate into Pi, Inflection’s chatbot released in May, after undergoing additional work to align with Pi’s tone and improve its information absorption capabilities. Suleyman emphasised Pi’s unique ability to engage in sensitive conversations and provide factual information on various topics.

While refraining from sharing updated user numbers, Suleyman affirmed Pi’s popularity, contrasting with OpenAI’s recent revelation of 100 million weekly users for ChatGPT. The report notes that the launch of Inflection’s language model coincides with the board battle and the return of OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman.

Suleyman clarified that the release of Inflection-2 wasn’t accelerated despite previous public remarks, emphasising the completion of training last week. The model was trained using 5,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs, demonstrating improved efficiency over its predecessor.

In a benchmark test against high school- and professional-level tasks (MMLU), Inflection-2 reportedly outperformed major models, trailing only GPT-4. Suleyman emphasised the significance of incremental improvements in benchmarks for AI development.

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As OpenAI faced disruptions in-house, Suleyman acknowledged the competitive landscape, stating, “Fundamentally I’m building a business, and it’s extremely competitive. This is the most competitive and creative time in Silicon Valley in years.”

The turmoil at OpenAI’s board, highlighted by Altman’s temporary removal and subsequent return, prompted Suleyman to call for empathy and forgiveness, particularly mentioning Ilya Sutskever. Sutskever had worked for Suleyman back in 2011 as a contractor and consultant at DeepMind, the AI startup he sold to Google three years later. Despite competitive dynamics, he urged a focus on building better companies with ethical governance structures.

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