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An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.


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Ali Farhadi, the chief executive of the Allen Institute for AI in Seattle, is making a bold move in artificial intelligence research.

Adi Farhadi proposes disclosing the technical details of A.I. models, the data they were trained on, the fine-tuning that was done and the tools used to evaluate their behavior.

Credit: Chona Kasinger for The New York Times

Ali Farhadi is no tech rebel.

The 42-year-old computer scientist is a highly respected researcher, a professor at the University of Washington and the founder of a start-up that was acquired by Apple, where he worked until four months ago.

But Mr. Farhadi, who in July became chief executive of the Allen Institute for AI, is calling for "radical openness" to democratize research and development in a new wave of artificial intelligence that many believe is the most important technology advance in decades.

The Allen Institute has begun an ambitious initiative to build a freely available A.I. alternative to tech giants like Google and start-ups like OpenAI. In an industry process called open source, other researchers will be allowed to scrutinize and use this new system and the data fed into it.

 

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