Artificial Intelligence: Andreessen Horowitz Extends Its Support To Open Source AI Developers With Grants Program

August 31, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence, News

The grants are not an investment or SAFE note.

Storied venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has announced the a16z Open Source Grant Program to support open source AI developers by way of “giving them the opportunity to continue their work without the pressure to generate financial returns.”

In a blog post detailing the program, Andreessen Horowitz clarified that the grant funding was “not an investment or SAFE note.”

The firm said that a thriving ecosystem was emerging, presenting open source models that can compete with closed-source alternatives.

It comprised numerous individuals and small teams who are enhancing these models for accessibility, performance, and utility, driving innovation in the realm of open source AI. Their projects encompass a range of advancements, from refining LLMs through instruction tuning to eliminating censorship in LLM outputs, optimizing models for low-powered devices, and creating novel tools for model inference.

However, despite these efforts, many project creators face resource constraints that hinder the completion and maintenance of their work, which is particularly pronounced in AI due to the demanding computational needs of model fine-tuning.

“We believe artificial intelligence has the power to save the world,” said Andreessen Horowitz, justifying its move to “help close the resource gap” faced by open source AI developers.

The program’s initial batch of grant recipients and projects include diverse endeavors such as instruction-tuning LLMs on synthetic data, fine-tuning uncensored LLMs, optimizing foundation models for specific applications, localizing LLMs through quantization, creating a high-throughput LLM inference library, developing new fine-tuned language models, designing a web UI and platform for local LLMs, and establishing synthetic data pipelines for LLM training.

These recipients are recognized for their contributions in fostering collaboration, learning, and advancement within the AI field.

Related Story: Andreessen Horowitz Launches ‘a16z START,’ A Startup Accelerator

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