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Contextual AI launches from stealth to build enterprise-focused language models


Large language models (LLMs) like OpenAI’s GPT-4 are powerful, paradigm-shifting tools that promise to upend industries. But they suffer from limitations that make them less attractive to enterprise organizations with strict compliance and governance requirements. For example, LLMs have a tendency to make up information with high confidence, and they’re architected in a way that makes it difficult to remove — or even revise — their knowledge base.
To solve for these and other roadblocks, Douwe Kiela co-founded Contextual AI, which today launched out of stealth with $20 million in seed funding. Backed by investors including Bain Capital Ventures (which led the seed), Lightspeed, Greycroft and SV Angel, Contextual AI ambitiously aims to build the “next generation” of LLMs fo …

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