IBM and Meta launch AI Alliance with over 50 collaborators

AI letters in blue | IBM and Meta launch AI Alliance with over 50 collaborators

IBM and Meta have announced the launch of an AI Alliance in collaboration with over 50 researchers, technology developers and adopters, aimed at creating opportunities through a diverse range of institutions that can shape the evolution of AI.

The AI Alliance gathers a group of leading organizations including ServiceNow, Oracle, RedHat, Hugging Face, Intel, Dell Technologies and leading academic institutions such as Dartmouth, Cornell University, Imperial College London, New York University and The University of Texas at Austin.

The 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, the venture will pool resources and knowledge to help address safety concerns around the tech while offering a platform for sharing and developing solutions that fit the needs of this community.

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

To achieve its goals, the alliance will embark on projects that develop and deploy benchmarks and evaluation standards and tools that enable the responsible development and use of AI systems; it will responsibly advance the ecosystem of open foundation models with diverse modalities; and will foster a vibrant AI hardware accelerator ecosystem and adoption of essential enabling software technology.

In addition, there are plans to partner with important existing initiatives from governments, non-profit and civil society organizations doing valuable work in the AI space.

Arvind Krishna, chairman and CEO of IBM, said: “The progress we continue to witness in AI is a testament to open innovation and collaboration across communities of creators, scientists, academics and business leaders. This is a pivotal moment in defining the future of AI. IBM is proud to partner with like-minded organizations through the AI Alliance to ensure this open ecosystem drives an innovative AI agenda underpinned by safety, accountability and scientific rigor.”

CJ Desai, president and chief operating officer of ServiceNow, also commented: “AI innovation must remain open to drive positive and equitable societal impact, foster continued progress and address potential risks collaboratively. There is no room for a winner-take-all approach; the development of responsible, secure LLMs comes in many forms. 

“By joining this alliance, ServiceNow is doubling down on open innovation, harnessing the collective talent and expertise across the global open-source community. This move aims to ensure AI development is grounded in the needs of society, both today and in the future.”