Mozilla Pushes Feds to Embrace Truly Open, Transparent AI Models

From PC Mag: Mozilla and a cohort of nearly 50 nonprofit organizations, AI firms, and academic researchers have signed and sent a letter to the US Department of Commerce's Secretary Gina Raimondo, advocating for increased transparency and true openness in AI development.

Mozilla and the Center for Democracy and Technology are key signatories, but many others including Creative Commons, EleutherAI, the Computing Research Association, and Accountable Tech are also backing the letter.

While Mozilla is primarily known as the organization behind the open-source Firefox web browser, it's recently expanded its efforts into AI research and development, focusing on open-source models and investing in companies it believes are developing "ethical AI."

Their letter states that open-source AI development can lead to further tech innovation while allowing regulators the ability to better examine said AI models for potential risks, inequalities, or potential safety concerns compared to closed or privatized AI tools. It also finds that open or closed models could be used to spread fake information, and asks the US to establish a risk-based approach to regulation.

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