OpenChatKit - Everything you need to know about this ChatGPT Alternative

Priyanka Monteiro
Mar 15, 2023

At the cost of sounding repetitive, AI is powering just about everything right now. Today, most AI tools can write college essays, answer questions, compose emails, and do a lot more. One of the biggest players, ChatGPT by OpenAI, has over 100 million users and counting. Various brands have also begun including AI as part of their chatbots and this has boosted their customer service numbers.

The organizations that are building these chatbots are well-resourced. They have managed to develop their unique chatbot technology. The open source community has also strived to create its own technology. One of the problems is AI models that power chatbots require a lot of processing power and a large training dataset. A group of researchers have come together to overcome these problems and create a system similar to ChatGPT. This group calls itself Together. They have released various training models that developers can use to create chatbots powered by AI.

OpenChatKit - Everything you need to know about this ChatGPT Alternative

What is Together Building?

Together is creating an accessible platform to support open foundation models. They want to enable developers and researchers to improve open source AI models.

What is OpenChatKit?

Together has launched its first major project over the weekend called OpenChatKit. It is a framework for general and specialized chatbots powered by AI. OpenChatKit includes trained models and a retrieval system. This allows models to retrieve information from various websites and resources.

OpenChatKit’s base models originate from EleutherAI. This is a non-profit group investigating systems that generate text. Their system was fine-tuned using the complete infrastructure of Together. It pooled hardware from various volunteers across the internet.

Together has also collaborated with other organizations to create a training dataset. Their Open Instruction Generalist Dataset contains more than 400 million questions and answers. It also contains follow-up questions and a lot more. This dataset will teach a model how to respond correctly to various instructions. Together has also released a demo that can be used by anyone to interact with OpenChatKit models.

Why OpenChatKit?

The key motivation behind OpenChatKit was to improve models and create task-specific chat models. OpenChatKit models can perform various tasks. This includes solving math problems, writing stories and code, and even summarizing documents.

OpenChatKit Flaws

One of the obvious flaws in OpenChatKit models is context switching. If you change a topic when having a conversation with them, it will confuse them and you will receive false information. While the quality of OpenChatKit is not yet up to the mark, Together is being proactive and working on changing things.

What’s Next?

Many apps need specialization and customization, and an open source approach is better. As these models are improving, there will be a sharp increase in their adoption.



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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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