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A new era of AI: a practical guide to Large Language Models

A new era of AI: a practical guide to Large Language Models

In recent months, Large language models (LLMs) or foundation models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT have become incredibly popular. However, for those of us working in the field, it’s not always clear how these models came to be, what their implications are for developing AI products, and what risks and considerations we should keep in mind. In this article, we’ll explore these questions and aim to give you a better understanding of LLMs so you can start using them effectively in your own work.

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