Microsoft has consistently been a leader in creating language models that can help people across various situations. One successful model is the Grounded Open Dialogue Language Model (GODEL), which has so far been private. That is changing this week as Microsoft says the model is now becoming open source.
If you are unfamiliar with GODEL, it is a language model that integrated to features into a single solution. Specifically, it is a task-oriented model that can also drive conversations to be social and realistic. Most chatbots are focused on being one or the other.
“GODEL combines both these capabilities, giving dialog agents the ability to generate responses based not just on the context of the conversation, but also on external information, content that was not part of the dataset when the model was trained. This includes both structured content, such as information stored in databases, and unstructured content, such as restaurant reviews, Wikipedia articles, and other publicly available material found on the web.”
By opening GODEL, Microsoft is making it available to more users. The company says it wants the model to be without restrictions in terms of answerable queries and the ability to expand upon questions while still providing a realistic conversation.
GODEL was born from Microsoft's DialoGPT project, which made its debut in 2019. By improving the model, Microsoft has been able to vastly improve on DialoGPT by using the latest conversational AI technology.
That is why the company says it thinks the time is right for GODEL to be available across a broader range of usage scenarios. Microsoft believes open-sourcing the project is the best way to achieve that goal.
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