Python has long been the go-to choice for many tasks involving data — from analyzing data to developing machine learning models. It’s been preferred largely because it’s easy to use across different computer systems, it doesn’t require rigid data type definitions, and it’s great for quickly trying out ideas, which is often needed in data-related fields. Anything that can’t be done in SQL is done in Python. But Python won’t be the language for LLMs.
There’s a new shift in the digital landscape with the advent of Large Language Models (LLMs).
Ease of Web Access: LLMs can be easily accessed over the internet. You don’t need complex programming skills; simple web commands can interact with these models, making them accessible to a wider range of users and developers.
Less Data Handling: In the past, working with models often meant dealing with large amounts of complex data. Now, LLMs can understand natural language directly, simplifying how we feed information into these systems.
Location of Data Processing: With LLMs, data processing can be done closer to where the data is used, reducing delays. This is especially important for applications that interact with users in real-time.
Diverse Language Support: While Python has been popular, the foundational elements of LLMs are often built in more performance-focused languages like C++ or Rust. This opens the door for using various programming languages in this field.
Deployment Closer to Users: Placing LLMs closer to users (on the ’edge’ of the network) means faster responses and better user experience. This reduces the need for complex data handling or specific programming skills.
Simplicity for Users: Developers and really consumer users won’t need extensive data science skills to use LLMs. Basic understanding and simple text input are often enough to get started.
Flexibility in Data Formats: LLMs can process various types of data, and developers might prefer to use languages that easily handle these diverse formats.
As we embrace LLMs, the focus shifts from specific programming languages to more user-friendly, flexible, and efficient ways of interacting with technology. This shift is not just a technical change but a step towards making advanced digital tools more accessible to a broader audience.