IBM and Meta Launch International AI Alliance with 50+ Members Including IIT Bombay, Intel and NASA

AI Alliance Launches as an International Community of Leading Technology Developers, Researchers, and Adopters Collaborating Together to Advance Open, Safe, Responsible AI

India's IIT Bombay and Insurtech startup Roadzen among the members

IBM and Meta has just launched the AI Alliance in collaboration with over 50 Founding Members and Collaborators globally including AMD, Anyscale, CERN, Cerebras, Cleveland Clinic, Cornell University, Dartmouth, Dell Technologies, EPFL, ETH, Hugging Face, Imperial College London, Intel, INSAIT, Linux Foundation, MLCommons, MOC Alliance operated by Boston University and Harvard University, NASA, NSF, Oracle, Partnership on AI, Red Hat, Roadzen, ServiceNow, Sony Group, Stability AI, University of California Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Notre Dame, The University of Tokyo, Yale University and others

AI advancements are leading to new opportunities that can improve how we work, live, learn and interact with one another. Open and transparent innovation is essential to empower a broad spectrum of AI researchers, builders, and adopters with the information and tools needed to harness these advancements in ways that prioritize safety, diversity, economic opportunity and benefits to all.

While there are many individual companies, start-ups, researchers, governments, and others who are committed to open science and open technologies and want to participate in the new wave of AI innovation, more collaboration and information sharing will help the community innovate faster and more inclusively, and identify specific risks and mitigate those risks before putting a product into the world.

That is why, the AI Alliance is launched – a group of leading organizations across industry, startup, academia, research and government coming together to support open innovation and open science in AI. The AI Alliance is action oriented and decidedly international, designed to create opportunities everywhere through a diverse range of institutions that can shape the evolution of AI in ways that better reflect the needs and the complexity of our societies.

The AI Alliance is focused on fostering an open community and enabling developers and researchers to accelerate responsible innovation in AI while ensuring scientific rigor, trust, safety, security, diversity and economic competitiveness. By bringing together leading developers, scientists, academic institutions, companies, and other innovators, we will pool resources and knowledge to address safety concerns while providing a platform for sharing and developing solutions that fit the needs of researchers, developers, and adopters around the world.

Initial ohiectives of the AI Alliance –

  • Develop and deploy benchmarks and evaluation standards, tools, and other resources that enable the responsible development and use of AI systems at global scale, including the creation of a catalog of vetted safety, security and trust tools. Support the advocacy and enablement of these tools with the developer community for model and application development.
  • Responsibly advance the ecosystem of open foundation models with diverse modalities, including highly capable multilingual, multi-modal, and science models that can help address society-wide challenges in climate, education, and beyond.
  • Foster a vibrant AI hardware accelerator ecosystem by boosting contributions and adoption of essential enabling software technology.
  • Support global AI skills building and exploratory research. Engage the academic community to support researchers and students to learn and contribute to essential AI model and tool research projects.
  • Develop educational content and resources to inform the public discourse and policymakers on benefits, risks, solutions and precision regulation for AI.
  • Launch initiatives that encourage open development of AI in safe and beneficial ways, and host events to explore AI use cases and showcase how Alliance members are using open technology in AI responsibly and for good.

What is the AI Alliance

To ensure open innovation in AI benefits everyone and that it is built responsibly, the AI Alliance consists of a broad range of organizations that are working across aspects of AI education, research, development and deployment, and governance.

The AI Alliance is –

  • The creators of the tooling driving AI benchmarking, trust and validation metrics and best practices, and application creation such as MLPerf, Hugging Face, LangChain, LlamaIndex, and open-source AI toolkits for explainability, privacy, adversarial robustness, and fairness evaluation.
  • The universities and science agencies that educate and support generation after generation of AI scientists and engineers and push the frontiers of AI research through open science.
  • The builders of the hardware and infrastructure that supports AI training and applications – from the needed GPUs to custom AI accelerators and cloud platforms;
  • The champions of frameworks that drive platform software including PyTorch, Transformers, Diffusers, Kubernetes, Ray, Hugging Face Text generation inference and Parameter Efficient Fine Tuning.
  • The creators of some of today’s most used open models including Llama2, Stable Diffusion, StarCoder, Bloom, and many others.
Besides IBM and Meta, IBM and the other 50-plus members of the AI Alliance include leading organizations across industry, government and academia. Partners and collaborators include:
  1. Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
  2. Aitomatic
  3. AMD
  4. Anyscale
  5. Cerebras
  6. CERN
  7. Cleveland Clinic
  8. Cornell University
  9. Dartmouth
  10. Dell Technologies
  11. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  12. ETH Zurich
  13. Fast.ai
  14. Fenrir, Inc.
  15. FPT Software
  16. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  17. Hugging Face
  18. IBM
  19. Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
  20. Imperial College London
  21. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  22. Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence
  23. Intel
  24. Keio University
  25. LangChain
  26. LlamaIndex
  27. Linux Foundation
  28. Mass Open Cloud Alliance, operated by Boston University and Harvard
  29. Meta
  30. Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
  31. MLCommons
  32. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
  33. National Science Foundation
  34. New York University
  35. NumFOCUS
  36. OpenTeams
  37. Oracle
  38. Partnership on AI
  39. Quansight
  40. Red Hat
  41. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  42. Roadzen
  43. Sakana AI
  44. SB Intuitions
  45. ServiceNow
  46. Silo AI
  47. Simons Foundation
  48. Sony Group
  49. Stability AI
  50. Together AI
  51. TU Munich
  52. UC Berkeley College of Computing, Data Science, and Society
  53. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  54. The University of Notre Dame
  55. The University of Texas at Austin
  56. The University of Tokyo
  57. Yale University

How the AI Alliance Will Work

The AI Alliance will begin its work with the formation of member-driven working groups across all major topical areas listed above. The Alliance will also establish a governing board and technical oversight committee dedicated to advancing the above project areas, as well as establishing overall project standards and guidelines.

In addition to bringing together leading developers, scientists, academics, students, and business leaders in the field of artificial intelligence, the AI Alliance will plan to partner with important existing initiatives from governments, non-profit and civil society organizations who are doing valuable and aligned work in the AI space.

To learn more about the Alliance, visit here: https://thealliance.ai

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