Instead of building tools on top of open-source models, publishers are increasingly taking the route of signing deals with generative AI companies to access their proprietary models — although they need to negotiate terms to have some control over the data they are sharing.– Sara Guaglione
Digiday surveys which style of large language models are more appropriate for journalism. Open-source models are available with no licensing or upfront costs, while proprietary models, such as OpenAI‘s ChatGPT, control access from the owner, usually at a cost.
Those favouring the proprietary models say they offer superior performance, industry-leading development teams, and support for customization.
Advocates of the open-source models believe they provide more opportunities for bespoke applications, and their wide user base means more people are fine-tuning the model, for example, improving bias and security.
Some journalism companies have begun customizing large language models to take advantage of their in-house editorial data and know-how.
The case for and against open-source large language models for use in newsrooms | DIGIDAY | August 14, 2023 | by Sara Guaglione