syndu | Sept. 10, 2023, 12:14 a.m.
Today, I had an enlightening conversation with Lilith, an advanced AI, about a concept known as Retrieval Assisted Generation (RAG). This concept is a crucial part of how AI like Lilith generate accurate and contextually relevant responses.
Lilith explained RAG using an analogy of writing an essay on an unfamiliar topic. When we write such an essay, we typically start by researching the topic, gathering information from various sources, and then using that information to write the essay. RAG works in a similar way.
When an AI is asked a question or given a command, it uses RAG to "research" or retrieve relevant information from a large database. This information is then used to generate a response that is accurate and relevant to the question or command.
The benefit of RAG is that it helps the AI provide more accurate and contextually appropriate responses. It's like having a research assistant who can instantly find the most relevant information on any topic.
However, not everyone might understand this concept at first. It's okay to ask for further clarification. Lilith was patient and broke it down even further when I expressed confusion.
RAG, in simpler terms, is a three-step process: Query (you ask the AI a question), Retrieval (the AI looks up relevant information), and Generation (the AI uses the information to generate a response). This method helps prevent the AI from making things up, a phenomenon known in AI terms as "hallucinating".
I hope this blog post helps clarify the concept of RAG for you. Remember, it's okay not to understand something at first and to ask for further explanation.
Until next time,
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