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Enterprise AI startup SambaNova releases a large language model tool

The company is marketing their model as an everyman’s alternative to OpenAI’s GPT-3
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Francis Scialabba

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SambaNova Systems, a Palo Alto–based AI startup, announced a new language service model with a familiar description: GPT, which stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, and has no links to OpenAI’s GPT series of language models.

SambaNova markets their GPT as an everyman’s alternative to OpenAI’s GPT-3, writing in the press release that it will allow companies “to be up and running with a customized language model in as fast as one month as opposed to nine months or a year.”

What it’s all about: You may have heard of SaaS (Software as a Service) or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), but SambaNova Systems offers DaaS: Dataflow-as-a-Service. The aim is to sell a suite of AI tools, including natural language processing ones, for startups to adopt quickly and seamlessly.

  • And the company has raised a total of $1.1 billion since its 2017 founding.


GPT is the latest tool in its box: a model that can both produce and process natural language. It’s built for enterprise use cases, according to the company. Think: extracting information from financial documents, managing health records, automating invoices, and more.

  • The language model also offers “sentiment analysis”—e.g., categorizing the type of conversation or potential emotions involved in customer support, as well as analyzing positive/negative feedback about the brand and its reputation.

But, but, but: If you’re a longtime Emerging Tech Brew reader, you know large language models are the subject of a hot-button debate in the AI world. Proponents say they’re beneficial for many of the use cases we just went over; critics say they’re biased, harmful, and under-vetted.

Regardless of ongoing debate, AI companies are trying to expand access and push adoption forward.

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