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Free Dolly: Introducing the World’s First Truly Open Instruction-Tuned LLM (via) Databricks released a large language model called Dolly a few weeks ago. They just released Dolly 2.0 and it is MUCH more interesting—it’s an instruction tuned 12B parameter upgrade of EleutherAI’s Pythia model. Unlike other recent instruction tuned models Databricks didn’t use a training set derived from GPT-3—instead, they recruited 5,000 employees to help put together 15,000 human-generated request/response pairs, which they have released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The model itself is a 24GB download from Hugging Face—I’ve run it slowly on a small GPU-enabled Paperspace instance, but hopefully optimized ways to run it will emerge in short order. # 13th April 2023, 2:19 am

Hello Dolly: Democratizing the magic of ChatGPT with open models. A team at DataBricks applied the same fine-tuning data used by Stanford Alpaca against LLaMA to a much older model—EleutherAI’s GPT-J 6B, first released in May 2021. As with Alpaca, they found that instruction tuning took the raw model—which was extremely difficult to interact with—and turned it into something that felt a lot more like ChatGPT. It’s a shame they reused the license-encumbered 52,000 training samples from Alpaca, but I doubt it will be long before someone recreates a freely licensed alternative to that training set. # 24th March 2023, 5:05 pm