In a cry from the heart, a Google employee anonymously published "We Have No Moat, and Neither Does OpenAI". The article raises crucial questions about the primary force behind the future development of Large Language Models (LLMs). The author contends that the open-source community is gaining momentum by collectively building features, integrations, and in fact an entire ecosystem around LLMs. This collaborative approach provides free access to cutting-edge technology and will ultimately shape the future of LLMs. Notable contributors to this movement include HuggingFace, Eleuther AI, and Langchain.
Veteran programmers with roots in Linux and free software would wholeheartedly endorse this manifesto. The community's impressive ability to match big tech's pace in releasing open-source versions, integrations, and advancing overall technology demonstrates the strength of collaborative efforts.
The open-source movement will undoubtedly democratize LLMs and may even compel tech giants to release open-source software to stay competitive. Consider the rapid adoption of Stable Diffusion and the rich ecosystem built around it compared to DALL-E. It's no surprise that OpenAI released Whisper, an automatic speech recognition software, as open-source. This phenomenon parallels the rise of open-source alternatives like LibreOffice or OpenOffice following the launch of Microsoft’s Office 365.
However, with free software options available, why do most enterprises still use Office 365, which holds a 47.9% market share? Corporate customers, particularly those with zero tolerance for risk and high expectations for security and privacy, are willing to pay a premium for peace of mind and the convenience of Microsoft.
Although the manifesto is inspiring, one must question whether open-source can triumph over big tech, given the developer ecosystem OpenAI is creating with plug-ins and the opening of its API to external developers.
At ZERO Systems, we embrace open-source technology as it allows us to leverage the most advanced capabilities. With our expertise in implementing LLMs for enterprises while adhering to the strictest security and data privacy standards, we have a unique position in the current landscape – acting as a bridge between emerging technology (open-source or third-party software like OpenAI) and its safe, reliable application to enterprises.
As a nerd, I welcome open-source. As a business leader passionate about bringing the power of LLMs to enterprises, I am putting my company in the best possible position to succeed in both realities - one in which open source wins, and the other in which a tech giant does.
Only time will reveal the outcome of the battle between open-source and big tech. But one thing is for certain – ZERO Systems will always be committed to bring the most reliable, secure, and powerful generative AI functionalities to enterprises.
-Alex Babin, CEO