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Welcome to the August edition of AI Tidbits, where we unravel the latest and greatest in AI. August saw the rise of coding language models with Meta’s release of the commercially permissive Code Llama, followed by a host of other SOTA coding models such as WizardCoder 34B and DeciCoder.
UAE brought us the first Arabic LLM (Jais) as well as the largest open-source LLM to date, Falcon 180B, outperforming Meta’s Llama 2 and on par with Google’s Bard. Moreover, an open-source alternative to OpenAI’s renowned Code Interpreter was released.
Also in August, Stanford open sourced the code for its last March’s groundbreaking autonomous agents paper, with a16z releasing AI Town to help developers jumpstart AI simulation environments.
These and many more exciting updates across multimodal AI, video models, and open-source tools are part of this month’s roundup.