Choosing your AI app software:
AI decision-making tree:
Do you need a model for handling private data or discussing controversial/taboo subjects?
Note: leading providers of LLMs are very careful in utilizing private data. In a recent release, OpenAI stated that “As of March 1, 2023, data sent to the OpenAI API will not be used to train or improve OpenAI models”. So you only really need to consider hosting a model locally if privacy is as significant as it would be in the healthcare or defense sectors.
Note: there is no ready-made interface on their website to start playing around with these models. You will need an API and a front-end for that. See the next section for recommendations. Use an open-source model. You will need to host these yourself. Online instructions are widely available on how to do so, but it will require some coding work.
Use models offered by OpenAI or similar closed-source company:
P.S. You can also choose other models by OpenAI in the Open AI Playground - same service but with more options to fine-tune the output
- Playground offers developer options like:
- Model version: Choose how new and pricey you want the underlying model to be
- Temperature: Toggles how out-of-the-box the content generated is.
- Frequency penalty: How much to avoid re-using the same words.
Does your AI app need to be fast and cheap?
As before, use models offered by OpenAI, Anthropic, or similar closed-source company.
APIs are the venue through which an genAI tool interacts with an AI model (see the glossary below for a more detailed definition). With AI services from closed-source models like ChatGPT, the API is offered only through the company that made the model. But for open-source models there are options for API hosting.
Pre-built APIs for hosting your open-source model application:
If you are running an open-source model on your own and not relying on a pre-existing service, you will need the hardware, called GPUs. It is very expensive to buy the hardware, so most small-to-medium providers use cloud GPUs - GPUs working in a remote location and rented out to you via the internet. These are companies which offer cloud GPUs: