According to a Googler in a leaked paper, open-source developers will defeat Google and OpenAI in the AI arms race.
According to a top engineer at the search giant, Google and OpenAI are not well-positioned to prevail in a fiercely contested AI arms race since the open-source community is “lapping” them.
According to a leaked internal paper, Google has “no secret sauce” in the AI race that has developed over the past several months. The document was first posted by an anonymous user on a Discord server, and SemiAnalysis later released it after authenticating it.
According to Bloomberg, the letter, which was prepared by Google Senior Software Engineer Luke Sernau, said that despite the fact that Google has “done a lot of looking over” its rival OpenAI’s shoulders, open source programmers have been subtly outperforming both of them.
“The uncomfortable truth is, we aren’t positioned to win this arms race and neither is OpenAI. While we’ve been squabbling, a third faction has been quietly eating our lunch,” the document noted. “I’m talking, of course, about open source. Plainly put, they are lapping us.”
Sernau added that without “secret sauce,” Google’s best hope was “to learn from and collaborate with what others are doing outside Google,” and prioritize third-party integrations.
Sernau said open-source engineers were doing things with $100 that “we struggle with” at $10 million, “doing so in weeks, not months.”
The remarks come amid a strong new competition for AI dominance that has been going on since ChatGPT’s debut in November, in which Google and Microsoft-backed OpenAI are vying for the lead in terms of improvements to their respective AI models.
Though Sernau said that “our models still hold a slight edge in terms of quality,” open-source engineers have managed to solve several things that the likes of Google still consider “major open problems.”
One such significant issue, according to him, is the difficulties in running AI models on a phone. He said that open-source programmers have overcome these obstacles on a Google Pixel 6 device. In his essay, he claimed that “open-source models are faster, more adaptable, more private, and pound-for-pound more capable.”
Source – Business Insider