The LLM Leaderboard is Far from Settled

November 21, 2023

The competition among Large Language Models (LLMs) is just beginning. Who had even heard of LLMs a year ago? Certainly, the early market leader has been OpenAI, but the past few days have shaken things up. With unpredictable swings in leadership and fleeting triumphs akin to the world of sports, the battle for supremacy in AI technology is far from declaring a definitive champion.

The Sudden Instability of OpenAI

The swift and unexpected departure of Sam Altman from OpenAI sent shockwaves through the tech community. In less than a year, the conversation shifted from a general unawareness of generative AI to OpenAI’s groundbreaking Large Language Model ChatGPT. Most businesses are suddenly eager to harness this technology and are under pressure by their boards to exploit OpenAI’s LLM—or its competitors—into their operational workflows. Yet, in a dramatic turn of events, the ousted CEO has now found a new role at Microsoft, a key investor in OpenAI, leaving business leaders wondering what happens at OpenAI, Microsoft, and their companies.

Champions Only Last One Season

In the competitive arena of Large Language Models, declaring a definitive front-runner is as fleeting as crowning a champion in the world of sports. The recent conclusion of the Cricket World Cup this weekend saw Australia triumph over India, yet their title is secure only until the next tournament in 2027. In the rapidly accelerating field of AI, four years equates to a lifetime of innovation. During this period, enterprises will cycle through numerous LLMs, adapting to newer, more precise iterations as they emerge. Much like cricket teams overhauling their rosters for the next World Cup, businesses will recalibrate their AI strategies, swapping out older models for the latest in AI excellence. In this dynamic landscape, Microsoft’s acquisition of former OpenAI CEO sparks a question of temporary supremacy, akin to the ephemeral glory of world champions.

Your AI Strategy must be Adaptable

AI adaptability isn’t just a benefit—it’s a necessity. Since the AI landscape continues to evolve, pinning your company’s strategy to a single LLM on the assumption that that LLM’s leadership, viability, or accuracy won’t decline is risky. LLMs represent the most nascent and changeable elements within AI, subject to rapid obsolescence. Relying too heavily on one model is like letting the tail wag the dog, where short-term solutions overshadow long-term vision. For an AI strategy to thrive, it must be as dynamic and flexible as the technology itself, capable of integrating the latest breakthroughs. This requires a diligent reassessment of use cases, a willingness to pivot workflows. Companies must remember that today’s AI leader might not hold the title tomorrow. If history serves, it rarely does.

Microsoft’s Brilliant Move – Really?

While many are bestowing hyperbolic praise reminiscent of Winston Churchill, as I see it, Microsoft did what they had to do when facing an enormous risk that was suddenly exposed to them. They had no choice but to hire the talent they had already paid $13b to get. Now they face the uncertainty of continuing to ride a weakening platform versus the challenges of potentially duplicative AI efforts, seismic customer migration, etc. Microsoft’s stock jumped Monday after the initial announcements, but if history serves, that’s a false positive on the future.

Krista is AI Adaptability

As artificial intelligence innovation advances ever faster, Krista emerges as the embodiment of adaptability—a framework crafted to accelerate AI deployments while safeguarding against rapid obsolescence and ballooning costs. In a domain where betting your strategy primarily on a single AI provider introduces unnecessary risks, Krista provides an easy method to interchange AI services. She ensures that businesses are architecturally poised to embrace cutting-edge innovations without burying themselves in technical debt. Embracing Krista means aligning with a strategy that not only mitigates the risks associated with a volatile AI future but does so economically. For those keen to understand how Krista can streamline the AI adoption process, enhancing both agility and financial prudence, I encourage you to contact us for a conversation.

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