Accessing the Google Pathways LLM from a Bash Script

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Article from Issue 282/2024

The PaLMShell.bash script lets you connect to the Google Pathways API Large Language Model (PaLM) from the command line.

The PaLM shell is a simple Bash script that interfaces with the Google Pathways large language model (LLM) API [1] over a RESTful API. This method for accessing Google Pathways is simpler than a more complex implementation in a high-level compiled language. You only need a shell script – no other libraries, packages, or configuration files.

Large Language Models

Large language models, or LLMs [2], are currently very newly popular. An LLM is a neural network, but a neural network that has been trained on massive amounts of data, using massive amounts of computing power to create a model [3] with potentially billions of parameters.

The most well-known and popular LLM is ChatGPT or Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer from OpenAI, which was trained using 175 billion parameters for the model. ChatGPT, which was launched in 2022, is available as a chatbot. Other LLMs include LLaMA (Large Language Model Meta AI) [6] from Meta and BLOOM (BigScience Large Open-science Open-access Multilingual Language Model) [7], which was created by over 1,000 researchers in artificial intelligence for large-scale public access.


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