Mozilla has reportedly launched an artificial intelligence startup in a bid to home in on trustworthy AI. The company says that it wants to “turn the tide” as various firms and companies rush to the booming generative artificial intelligence industry.
Mozilla Has Reportedly Launched an Artificial Intelligence Startup
the organization behind the Firefox browser, Mozilla, launched an artificial intelligence-focused startup, on Wednesday known as Mozilla.ai which is intended to work toward building an independent, trustworthy, open-source AI ecosystem.
“The vision for Mozilla.ai is to make it easy to develop trustworthy AI products,” Mozilla’s executive president and a Mozilla.ai board member, Mark Surman, in a blog post wrote.
Mozilla’s Executive President Reaction to the Development
Surman wrote that both he and Mozilla had met with people who want to develop AI that makes transparency, accountability, human agency and the interests of users a priority, in contrast, he stated, with the approach being embraced by other tech firms. That was what birthed the launch of the startup.
“Mozilla.ai will be a space outside big tech and academia for like-minded founders, developers, scientists, product managers and builders to gather,” he reportedly wrote. “We believe that this group of people, working collectively, can turn the tide to create an independent, decentralized and trustworthy AI ecosystem — a real counterweight to the status quo.”
Other Companies to Release Generative AI Tools
The launch of Mozilla.ai is coming at a time where companies rush to release generative AI tools following the November launch of ChatGPT, a chatbot that can scour the internet to create travel plans, write essays and do many more quickly. For example, Google opened up a waitlist for its AI tool, Bard on Tuesday. Other tech companies, such as Microsoft, DuckDuckGo, Grammarly and Adobe, also have released generative AI tools.
Drawbacks to AI Services According To Critics
One very big knock on such AI services, according to critics, is that they don’t actually understand the information that they are packaging into authoritative-sounding narratives that could easily contain errors and misinformation.
The initial focus for Mozilla.ai, according to Surman will be on tools that make generative AI services, just like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, safer and even more transparent, as well as recommendation systems that do not get to misinform people, according to Surman.
Mozilla Has Made a $30 Million Initial Investment in Mozilla.ai
Mozilla however has made a $30 million initial investment in Mozilla.ai. Moez Draief, which was formerly the chief scientist at Huawei’s Noah’s Ark lab, will be the managing director of the organization, and a three-person board will help to lead it.
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