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Google has released a family of "open" large language models named Gemma, that are compact enough to run on a personal computer.  Gemma comes in two sizes: two billion parameters and seven billion parameters. The larger version is intended for GPU- and TPU-accelerated systems, while the smaller one is billed as suitable for …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does Gemma

    phone home?

    1. khjohansen

      When a service is "free"

      - YOU are the product!

  2. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge


    I think The Reg put that in quotes because Google has a web of product pages seemingly never reaching anything that's available to use. I wonder if an AI wrote it all.

  3. Mage Silver badge
    Black Helicopters


    But is it much better than Eliza?

    Inside of Emacs, type M-x doctor to launch Eliza. For those of you like me from a Vim background who have no idea what this means, just hit escape, type x and then type doctor.

    Is it a toy or really useful?

    How do we know it wasn't partially trained on copyright material, which I regard as plagiarism and unethical, not fair use?

    What does it tell Google?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      copyright material

      Seems like if it is based on scraped text, however sanitized, that IP infringement is likely.

      Google's exposure for shipping the model is in a bigger grey area than those that use it to generate content with it probably.

      As to what it tells Google? Run it offline, and all you have to worry about is if the output is watermarked or fingerprinted.

  4. Mike 137 Silver badge

    But more importantly

    "In the right hands, it carries incredible opportunity, but in the wrong hands, it can pose a threat to public safety."

    As these LLMs don't learn once initially trained, how long before they cease to be useful (supposing of course...)? It's very unlikely that retraining would be possible on 'your computer', even if you had access to the training data set.

  5. Dostoevsky

    Google invented...

    ...local autocorrect! Yaaay.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gemma!? is that a M3GAN reference?

    Cady, get out of here....

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