Meta and IBM Join Forces to Establish Open Source AI Alliance Across Industries

AI development and safety concerns are growing rapidly with little regulation. IBM and Meta have announced the creation of the AI Alliance to address this issue. The alliance aims to foster an open community and enable developers and researchers to accelerate responsible innovation in AI, ensuring scientific rigor, trust, safety, security, diversity, and economic competitiveness. The AI Alliance plans to expand the number of open-source AI models, in contrast to the private models of companies like OpenAI and Google.

Open-sourcing is a key focus of the AI Alliance. Meta’s president of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, stated that developing AI openly allows more people to access the benefits, build innovative products, and work on safety. The AI Alliance will bring together researchers, developers, and companies to share tools and knowledge, regardless of whether models are shared openly or not.

The AI Alliance will start or enhance projects with specific goals, such as developing benchmarks to ensure the responsible creation of AI systems. This will involve building a catalog of vetted tools and advocating for developers to use them. The alliance also plans to focus on safety and transparency, including creating educational resources for the public and policymakers and launching initiatives and events to highlight safe AI development.

The AI Alliance has over 50 organizations and educational bodies as members, including Intel, NASA, Cleveland Clinic, and Yale University. Notably, OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, is not one of the founding members.