Microsoft may have long had OpenAI as a trusted partner (after a huge investment), but AWS today announced that Stability AI, one of the hottest innovations in the AI space for production and the company behind Stable Diffusion, is doubling down on its cloud , making it “its preferred cloud provider to build and scale its AI models for image, language, audio, video, and 3D content production.”
In addition, Stability AI will also work with AWS to make its open source tools and models available to more students, researchers, startups and businesses (which sounds very similar to what Microsoft and OpenAI said when they announced their partnership).
Stability AI, which recently announced a $101 million funding round at a valuation of more than $1 billion, has already been using thousands of Nvidia GPUs in the AWS cloud to train its models. Now, with the two companies making the partnership official, Stability AI plans to use AWS’ SageMaker ML platform, on top of its low-end infrastructure services with GPUs and AWS’s Trainium chips.
Often, these deals also come with preferred pricing and other benefits, although neither AWS nor Stability mentioned those in today’s announcement.
“At Stability AI, our goal is to build the foundation for unlocking human potential through AI,” said Emad Mostaque, founder and CEO of Stability AI. “AWS has played an important role in expanding our open source foundation models across the board. We are excited to use these models in Amazon SageMaker to enable tens of thousands of developers and millions of users to harness the power of AI with a robust toolset. We look forward to seeing the amazing things that engineers build and customers design and implement using collective intelligence and advanced technology.”
Models such as Stable Diffusion, which recently received version 2.0, are not without controversy, either because of their ability to produce adult content, something that is stable for Stable Diffusion 2.0, or because these models are often trained on the images of artists who have not clearly chosen. in their activities used to train these models. There is no doubt, however, that Stability AI is taking a bit of mindshare from OpenAI these days, which has long taken a cautious approach to how it discloses its models. The stability of the open source approach to AI, at least for now, seems to be successful in bringing in more developers and – for better or worse – driving innovation in this space.