IBM Donates Projects to the Cause of Responsible AI

July 3, 2020

The first question arising was, “Was the marketing of Watson responsible?” But why rain on a virtue signaling parade? It is almost the 4th of July in IBM land?

The LF AI Foundation was formed to support open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. Now IBM has climbed on board, we learn from “IBM Donates ‘Trusted AI’ Projects to Linux Foundation AI” at ZDNet. In a blog post, the company promises these donations will help ensure AI deployments are fair, secure, and trustworthy. They will also facilitate the creation of such software by the open source community under the direction of the Linux Foundation. Journalist Stephanie Codon writes:

“Specifically, IBM is contributing the AI Fairness 360 Toolkit, the Adversarial Robustness 360 Toolbox and the AI Explainability 360 Toolkit. The AI Fairness 360 Toolkit allows developers and data scientists to detect and mitigate unwanted bias in machine learning models and datasets. Along with other resources, it provides around 70 metrics to test for biases and 11 algorithms to mitigate bias in datasets and models. The Adversarial Robustness 360 Toolbox is an open-source library that helps researchers and developers defend deep neural networks from adversarial attacks. Meanwhile, the AI Explainability 360 Toolkit provides a set of algorithms, code, guides, tutorials, and demos to support the interpretability and explainability of machine learning models. The LFAI’s Technical Advisory Committee voted earlier this month to host and incubate the project, and IBM is currently working with them to formally move them under the foundation. IBM joined the LFAI last year and helped established its Trusted AI Committee, which is working towards defining and implementing principles of trust in AI deployments.”

Plus a foundation can deal with any political or legal issues, perhaps? The article notes that governments are taking a serious interest in AI governance. The EU released a white paper on the topic in February, and 14 countries and the EU are teaming up in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). It is about time governing bodies woke up to the effects unchecked AI can have on our communities. Now about the Watson Covid, the avocado festival, and the game show?

Cynthia Murrell, July 3, 2020

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