With the latest advancements in Natural Language Processing and Large Language Models (LLMs), and big companies like OpenAI dominating the space, many people wonder: Are we heading further into a black box era with larger and larger models, obscured behind APIs controlled by big tech monopolies?

I don’t think so, and in this talk, I’ll show you why. I’ll dive deeper into the open-source model ecosystem, some common misconceptions about use cases for LLMs in industry, practical real-world examples and how basic principles of software development such as modularity, testability and flexibility still apply. LLMs are a great new tool in our toolkits, but the end goal remains to create a system that does what you want it to do. Explicit is still better than implicit, and composable building blocks still beat huge black boxes.

Ines Montani

Affiliation: Explosion

Ines Montani is a developer specializing in tools for AI and NLP technology. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Explosion and a core developer of spaCy, a popular open-source library for Natural Language Processing in Python, and Prodigy, a modern annotation tool for creating training data for machine learning models.

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