Meta, IBM and over 50 companies join forces to share artificial intelligence technology

Technology giants Meta and IBM, along with 50 other international companies and research institutions, have formed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Alliance to advance open, secure, and ethical AI technology and compete for leadership in generative AI. The AI Alliance, including Intel, Oracle, Cornell University, Yale University, and the University of Tokyo, as well as the U.S. National Science Foundation, advocates for open-source technology sharing.

“The AI Alliance focuses on fostering an open community and enabling developers and researchers to accelerate responsible innovation in AI, ensuring scientific rigor, trust, security, diversity, and economic competitiveness,” stated Meta in a press release. This can be seen as a collective effort to establish constraints on leading companies in generative AI, particularly OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT and now affiliated with Microsoft.

Many alliance members have their own AI products, such as Meta’s Llama 2 model, and are striving to challenge the prominence of OpenAI and its investing partner, Microsoft.

The AI Alliance projects aim to “responsibly drive the open ecosystem of foundational models with diverse modalities,” according to Meta’s statement, including scientific, multilingual, and highly capable multimodal models that can address societal challenges in climate, education, and other areas. Additionally, the alliance aims to “foster a vibrant AI hardware accelerator ecosystem by driving contributions and adoption of essential enabling software technology.”

This year, companies worldwide are projected to invest nearly $16 billion in generative AI solutions alone, according to research firm International Data Corp (IDC), with spending on this technology expected to reach $143 billion by 2027.

Published by The Usa Herald, a news and information agency.

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