Foundation Models
Foundation Models

Foundation Models

Foundation models are large AI models trained using vast quantities of unstructured data to handle various downstream tasks.

Discover the transformative power of foundation models (FMs). Developed by Stanford University researchers, these extraordinary models are reshaping AI and unlocking boundless opportunities across diverse domains. 

What are Foundation Models? 

Foundation models are large AI models trained on massive unlabeled and unstructured datasets using self-supervised learning techniques to handle downstream tasks. These generalized models are ideal for various use cases–image classification, NLP, sentiment analysis, information extraction, answering questions, writing essays, or creating images. 

The Stanford team introduced the term foundation model in their research paper 'On the Opportunities and Risks of Foundation Models.' Although FMs primarily relate to large language models, they exist for many other modalities like images, speech, and videos. Stanford team recognizes these five primary characteristics of FMs: 

  • Pretrained using huge data and massive compute
  • Generalized to serve a variety of tasks 
  • Adaptable through prompting 
  • Self-supervised to learn from patterns in the data provided 
  • Large--involving billions of parameters. You can see the growing size of FMs in the graphic below. 
Growing Size of Foundation Models
Growing Size of Foundation Models | Source

Why are Foundation Models Important?

Foundation models mark a new era in the AI space, with many applications built on top of them or integrating them. One primary reason to choose FMs is homogenization, where a few models serve as the bedrock for numerous applications. It means you can use the same few models as the foundation for many applications. As a result, any improvements in the base model can lead to immediate benefits across all successors. 

FMs also facilitate homogenization across all research communities. For example, the same transformer modeling approaches apply to text, speech, images, tabular data, and more. 

Growing model size and the enormous amount of data involved in the training process results in emerging capabilities of FMs. Enterprises prefer foundation models for these reasons: 

  • Faster and effective implementation of AI with limited resources 
  • Scalable transformer architecture that is easy to parallelize
  • Reusability to build different applications
  • Achieve organizational sustainability goals through architecture that supports hardware parallelism, reusability, and optimal resource utilization
Taxonomy of Notable Foundation Models
Taxonomy of Notable Foundation Models

Using Foundation Models At Your Enterprise 

Welcome to Attri, the gateway to unleashing the true potential of foundation models for your business-specific needs. We identify these five steps to operationalize FMs at enterprises:  

Foundation Model Operationalization
Foundation Model Operationalization

Our expert team stands ready to guide you through every step of the FMOps life cycle, from strategic planning to data preparation and from model implementation to continuous monitoring.

We've integrated our AI observability platform, Censius, to provide you with insights into your AI applications. With Censius, you can track critical factors that impact performance, such as latency, token usage, output validation, and versioning. This observability lets you fine-tune and optimize your models, ensuring your AI applications operate at their peak potential. 

Attri is not just a platform; it's your trusted companion in harnessing the full potential of foundation models. With Attri by your side, you can effortlessly navigate the entire FMOps lifecycle, ensuring a seamless integration of FMs for your business-specific use cases. 

Let Attri be your guide as you harness the power of FMs to drive your business forward. 

Further Reading 

On the Opportunities and Risks of Foundation Models 

Essential Guide to Foundation Models and Large Language Models

Unleashing the Power of Foundation Models for Enterprise Success