IBM: International community of leading technology developers launches AI Alliance

December 5, 2023. IBM and Meta jointly launch the AI Alliance with over 50 companies and institutions. These include AMD, Anyscale, CERN, Cerebras, Cleveland Clinic, Cornell, Dartmouth, Dell Technologies, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Hugging Face, Imperial College London, Intel, INSAIT, Linux Foundation, MLCommons, MOC Alliance Operated by Boston University and Harvard University, NASA, NSF, Oracle, Oracle, Partnership on AI, Red Hat, Roadzen, ServiceNow, Sony Group, Stability AI, the Technical University of Munich, the University of California Berkeley and the Universities of Notre Dame Illinois, Tokyo and Yale, among others.

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IBM and Meta jointly launch the AI Alliance with over 50 companies and institutions. Graphic: IBM

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Advances in AI development have the potential to improve the way we work, live, learn and interact with each other. Open and transparent innovation is essential to provide a broad spectrum of AI researchers, developers and users with the information and tools they need to harness these advances in a way that prioritizes safety, diversity, economic opportunity and benefits for all.

Many individual companies, start-ups, researchers, governments and other stakeholders are already committed to open knowledge and technology transfer and want to be part of the AI innovation wave. Closer networking and a more intensive exchange of information can help this decentralized community to innovate faster and more inclusively, identify risks and mitigate them.

Broad alliance wants to democratize AI value creation and make it universally available

To support these goals, we are launching the AI Alliance today. This is a group of leading industrial companies, start-ups, players from science and research as well as governmental and government-related initiatives. The AI Alliance is action-oriented, international and cross-sectoral. Its goal is to shape the development of AI to meet the needs and complexity of our societies.

The AI Alliance aims to foster an open community and enable developers and researchers to accelerate responsible innovation in AI while ensuring scientific rigor, trust, safety, diversity and economic competitiveness. By connecting leading developers, scientists, academic institutions, companies and other innovators, it will pool resources and knowledge to address safety concerns while providing a platform for sharing and developing solutions.

Establishing benchmark and best practices for trustworthiness and availability

The AI Alliance plans to launch or expand projects that support the following goals:

  • Implement benchmarks, tools, and other resources that enable the responsible development and use of AI systems on a global scale, including creating a catalog of vetted security and trust tools and supporting and enabling these tools in close exchange with the developer community for model and application development.
  • Responsibly foster the ecosystem of open base models with multiple modalities, including high-performance multilingual, multimodal and scientific models that can help address social challenges in climate, human health and beyond.
  • Foster an ecosystem of dynamic AI hardware accelerators by promoting the adoption of and contributions to key software technologies.
  • Support global AI knowledge transfer, education and exploratory research, and engage the academic community to support researchers and students to learn and contribute to important AI model and tool research projects.
  • Develop educational content and resources to inform public discourse and policymakers about the benefits, risks, solutions, and precision regulation for AI.
  • Initiatives that promote the open development of AI in a safe and beneficial way, such as exploring AI use cases.

About the AI Alliance

To ensure that open innovation in AI benefits everyone and is built responsibly, the AI Alliance consists of a broad alliance of companies and institutions working in the fields of AI education, research, development and implementation, and regulation.

We are:

  • Creators of tools that guide AI benchmarking, trust and validation metrics and best practices, and application creation. These include MLPerf, Hugging Face, LangChain, LlamaIndex and open source AI toolkits for explainability, privacy, resilience to attacks and threat scenarios, and fairness evaluation.
  • Universities and scientific institutions that educate and support AI scientists and engineers and push the boundaries of AI research through open science.
  • Developers of hardware and infrastructure that support AI training and applications – from the necessary GPUs to customized AI accelerators and cloud platforms.
  • Framework champions that drive platform software, including PyTorch, Transformers, Diffusers, Kubernetes, Ray, Hugging Face Text Generation Inference and Parameter Efficient Fine Tuning.
  • Developers of some of today’s most widely used open models such as Llama2, Stable Diffusion, StarCoder, Bloom and many others.

IBM and Meta are proud to launch the AI Alliance alongside leading organizations from industry, government and academia. Partners and collaborators include:

–    Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
–    Aitomatic
–    AMD
–    Anyscale
–    Cerebras
–    CERN
–    Cleveland Clinic
–    Cornell University
–    Dartmouth
–    Dell Technologies
–    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
–    ETH Zurich
–    Fenrir, Inc.
–    FPT Software
–    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
–    Hugging Face
–    IBM
–    Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
–    Imperial College London
–    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
–    Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence
–    Intel
–    Keio University
–    LangChain
–    LlamaIndex
–    Linux Foundation
–    Mass Open Cloud Alliance, operated by Boston University and Harvard
–    Meta
–    Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
–    MLCommons
–    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
–    National Science Foundation
–    New York University
–    NumFOCUS
–    Open Teams
–    Oracle
–    Partnership on AI
–    Quansight
–    Red Hat
–    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
–    Roadzen
–    Sakana AI
SB Intuitions
–    ServiceNow
–    Silo AI
–    Simons Foundation
–    Sony Group
–    Stability AI
–    Together AI
–    TU Munich
–    UC Berkeley’s College of Computing, Data Science, and Society
–    University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
–    University of Notre Dame
–    University of Texas at Austin
–    University of Tokyo
-&    Yale University

How the AI Alliance works

The AI Alliance will begin its work by forming member-driven working groups covering all of the above topics. The AI Alliance will also establish a Board of Directors and a Technical Oversight Committee dedicated to advancing the above project areas, as well as establishing general project standards and guidelines.

In addition to bringing together leading developers, scientists, students, and executives in the field of artificial intelligence, the AI Alliance will collaborate with key existing initiatives from governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations doing focused work in the AI field.

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Further links

👉 AI Alliance

Graphic: IBM

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