June 12, 2023

The AI Challenge: Balancing Open and Closed Ecosystems

Tech debates, AI included, often boil down to a tug-of-war between open and closed systems.

On one side, open allows interoperability, customization, and integration with third-party software or hardware. Champions highlight how openness promotes transparency, accountability, competition, and significant innovation. On the other side, defenders of closed systems argue that they are more stable and secure and better protect their owners’ property interests.

The debate over finding that balance is most advanced in Europe, where policymakers are moving forward with the AI Act.

Last week, two leading United States senators tipped the US AI debate between open and closed toward the latter. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), the two leaders of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, wrote a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to express concern about Meta’s public release of LLaMA, a large language model (LLM) developed in-house by the company.

Read the full article from China Talk.

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