Linux is subversive. Who would have thought even five years ago (1991) that a world-class operating system could coalesce as if by magic out of part-time hacking by several thousand developers scattered all over the planet, connected only by the tenuous strands of the Internet?
There’s a popular floating theory on the Internet that a combination of the existing foundation model companies will be the end game for AI.
In the near future, every company will rent a “brain” from a model provider, such as OpenAI/Anthropic, and build applications that build on top of its cognitive capabilities.
In other words, AI is shaping up to be an oligopoly of sorts, with only a small set of serious large language model (LLM) providers.
I don’t think this could be farther from the truth. I truly believe that open source will have more of an impact on the future of LLMs and image models than the broad public believes.
Open source AI cannot compete with the resources at industry labs. Building foundation models is expensive, and non-AI companies looking to build AI features will outsource their intelligence layer to a company that specializes in it. Your average company cannot scale LLMs or produce novel results the same way a well capitalized team of talented researchers can. On the image generation side, Midjourney is miles ahead of anything else.