Mozilla, the tech company behind the popular web browser Firefox, has announced its latest venture: a startup called Mozilla.ai, focused on building a "trustworthy and independent open-source AI ecosystem." With the rising popularity of AI-powered products like ChatGPT and Bing, there has also been a surge of misinformation, deep fakes, and copyright issues. Mozilla aims to tackle these problems by building safety and transparency tools for developers, rather than competing directly with giants like GPT-4.
While the announcement is light on detail, Mozilla's CEO, Mitchell Baker, sees AI as part of the future of Firefox. She believes we're heading into a moment of real change, which could help Firefox (or another browser) regain market share. Mozilla's history and expertise in the consumer web give it an outsize voice in the tech industry, and the company hopes to influence the direction of AI development by championing a better model for building AI.
Mozilla.ai's lead, Moez Draief, is a longtime AI researcher and scientist, and Mozilla is investing $30 million to get the startup off the ground. This move is in line with Mozilla's history of being a small but influential player in the market, and the company hopes to build a broader community and ecosystem around open-source AI. While other tech giants like Google and Microsoft own AI-powered products like Bard and Bing, Mozilla sees itself as uniquely positioned to build a better AI future.