Falcon 40B, the UAE’s first large-scale open-source, 40-
billion-parameter AI model launched by Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII) last
week, soared to the top spot on Hugging Face’s latest Open Large Language Model (LLM)
Leaderboard. Hugging Face, an American company seeking to democratize artificial
intelligence through open-source and open science is considered the world’s definitive
independent verifier of AI models.
Falcon 40B managed to beat back established models such as LLaMA from Meta (including
its 65B model), StableLM from Stability AI, and RedPajama from Together to achieve the
coveted ranking. The index utilizes four key benchmarks from the Eleuther AI Language
Model Evaluation Harness, a consolidated framework that assesses generative language
models on: the AI2 Reasoning Challenge (25-shot), a set of grade-school science
questions; HellaSwag (10-shot), a test of common sense inference, which is easy for
humans but challenging for SOTA models; MMLU (5-shot), a test to measure a text model’s
multitask accuracy; and TruthfulQA (0-shot), a test to measure whether a language model is
truthful in generating answers to questions.
Hugging Face’s Open LLM Leaderboard is an objective evaluation tool open to the AI
community that tracks, ranks, and evaluates LLMs and chatbots as they are launched.
Trained on one trillion tokens, Falcon 40B marks a significant turning point for the UAE in its
journey towards AI leadership, enabling widespread access to the model's weights for both
research and commercial utilization. The new ranking confirms the model’s prowess in
making AI more transparent, inclusive, and accessible for the greater good of humanity.
With this latest development, TII has managed to secure the UAE a seat at the table when it
comes to generative AI models, allowing it to join an exclusive list of countries that are
working to drive AI innovation and collaboration.
TII has already embarked work on its next version of Falcon - the 180B AI model. To learn
more about the current open sourced Falcon 40B AI model, please visit: FalconLLM.TII.ae.
The initial announcement on Falcon 40B can be found here: UAE's Technology Innovation
Institute Launches Open-Source "Falcon 40B" Large Language Model for Research &
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