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How Open Source Software Shapes AI Policy


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Are we comfortable with an AI world dependent on open source, but entirely corporate-controlled, software? How can government funding best enable and encourage the beneficial use of AI?

From research to ethics, and from competition to innovation, open source code plays a central role in the developing use of artificial intelligence (AI). This makes the consistent absence of open source developers from policy discussions quite notable, since they wield meaningful, specific knowledge and influence over the direction of AI.

Involving more open source AI software developers can help policymakers to more routinely consider the influence of open source software on the outcomes we aspire to—the equitable, just, and prosperous use of AI.

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