Big Tech Giants Take on AI Safety with New Alliance

December 5, 2023, 12:16 pm
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Big tech giants IBM and Meta have formed a new open-source alliance to advance arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence in a safe and respon­si­ble manner. 

With over 50 aca­d­e­m­ic and indus­try part­ners, the AI Alliance aims to counter the closed devel­op­ment prac­tices of com­pa­nies like Google and Ope­nAI through trans­paren­cy and collaboration.

The alliance will focus on expand­ing the num­ber of open­ly avail­able AI mod­els. “We believe AI is bet­ter devel­oped open­ly so more peo­ple can access ben­e­fits and work on safe­ty,” said Meta Pres­i­dent Nick Clegg. The group will start projects with goals like build­ing bench­marks for cre­at­ing respon­si­ble sys­tems and a cat­a­log of vet­ted safe­ty tools for devel­op­ers to use.

Anoth­er key area is edu­ca­tion. The AI Alliance plans ini­tia­tives to inform the pub­lic and pol­i­cy­mak­ers about AI chal­lenges in sen­tences of 20 words or less. It will also host events high­light­ing safe development.

IBM and Meta’s non­prof­it coali­tion seeks to accel­er­ate inno­va­tion with sci­en­tif­ic rig­or and trust. As big tech races to lead lucra­tive areas like lan­guage and com­put­er vision mod­els, the alliance forms a mod­er­ate coun­ter­bal­ance for open-source and respon­si­ble progress.

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