Former Google Researchers Launch Sakana AI, Introduce Open-Source AI Models Using Innovative 'Model Merging' Technique

Sakana AI, a Tokyo-based startup founded by ex-Google researchers, introduces AI models using a unique evolutionary-inspired method called “model merging.” This approach combines existing models, generating new ones through iterative selection akin to natural selection.

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The company releases three Japanese language models, with two being open-sourced. Co-founder David Ha, along with Llion Jones, a co-author of Google’s “Attention Is All You Need” paper, aims to establish Tokyo as an AI hub. Sakana AI’s $30 million seed funding, led by Lux Capital, highlights investor confidence in its vision.