Meet Functionary: A Language Model that can Interpret and Execute Functions/Plugins

MeetKai has been a notable player in the dynamic field of conversational AI since its establishment in 2018. Originally known as a “Conversational Intelligence Company,” the company has undergone significant changes. The recent shift in focus from general language models (LLMs) to function calling led to the introduction of Functionary, an open-source LLM.

Functionary is a meticulously designed system for interpreting and executing functions or plugins. Its notable feature lies in its ability to activate functions judiciously, understand their output, and trigger them only when necessary. The vision for Functionary is clear – it is exclusively crafted for function calling, enabling distinct applications beyond the conventional use of language models.

The rationale behind choosing Functionary lies in its capability to empower LLMs to interact with the outside world beyond their internal knowledge base. It is particularly valuable for applications requiring up-to-date information and integration with external productivity tools. While larger models like GPT-4 may be comprehensive, they can be slow and expensive. Functionary offers a targeted solution, providing faster and more cost-effective inference with accuracy surpassing GPT-3.5 and approaching GPT-4.

Functionary’s drop-in compatibility is a noteworthy feature. It seamlessly integrates with OpenAI’s platform, allowing for effortless migration for existing users. Developers can incorporate Functionary into their systems, call Python functions, and extract results for responsive interactions. With support for platforms like PyTorch and vLLM, as well as tools like chatlab, Functionary integration becomes straightforward.

The introduction of Functionary aligns with MeetKai’s overarching vision for the metaverse. The company envisions a future where the metaverse goes beyond the digital realm and becomes an integral extension of our reality. By leveraging AI to create specific worlds, MeetKai aims to empower users and developers to craft unique experiences. Functionary represents the company’s commitment to this mission, enhancing AI-human interactions and elevating metaverse experiences. The ongoing efforts include:

  • Developing more advanced versions of the model.
  • Ensuring faster inference times.
  • Comprehensive integration across the platform.

The researchers invite Developers, innovators, and visionaries to join MeetKai to shape the future of applied Generative AI.

Niharika is a Technical consulting intern at Marktechpost. She is a third year undergraduate, currently pursuing her B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kharagpur. She is a highly enthusiastic individual with a keen interest in Machine learning, Data science and AI and an avid reader of the latest developments in these fields.

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