Earlier this week, Meta announced it has teamed up with Microsoft to launch Llama 2, its “open-source” large language model (LLM) that uses artificial intelligence to generate text, images, and code. In an opinion piece for The Register, long-time ZDNet contributor and technology analyst, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writes: “Meta is simply open source washing an open but ultimately proprietary LLM.” From the report: As Amanda Brock, CEO of OpenUK, said, it’s “not an OSI approved license but a significant release of Open Technology … This is a step to moving AI from the hands of the few to the many, democratizing technology and building trust in its use and future through transparency.” And for many developers, that may be enough. […] But the devil is in the details when it comes to open source. And there, Meta, with its Llama 2 Community License Agreement, falls on its face. As The

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