May 30, 2024
  • Microsoft has launched Phi-3 Mini, a freely available, lightweight small language AI model.
  • The company plans to further release two other models in the same scale.
  • The model is meant to be simpler and cheaper compared to other heavyweight large language models like OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo.
  • This is the smallest model that Microsoft has released yet and can be run locally, which means it can run for free on a smartphone without requiring an internet connection.
  • The model can also run on the chips that power regular computer instead of the expensive and hard to find AI processors that Nvidia makes.
  • Phi-3 mini has 3.8 billion parameters while the two other models that are yet to be released Phi-3 Small and Phi-3 Medium will have 7 billion parameters and 14 billion parameters respectively.
  • The Phi-3 mini will be available on Azure, Hugging Face and Ollama.
  • The company had released Phi-2 in December that performed on par with bigger models like Llama 2.
  • According to Microsoft Phi-3 performs better than this older version and can respond to queries in a manner that is close to a model 10 times bigger its size.
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