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Open Source Initiative Announces Slate of Experts Participating in ‘Deep Dive: AI’ Panel Discussions

The Open Source Initiative has announced the panelists for Deep Dive: AI Fathom II, a series of four panel discussions intended to dissect the issues posed by AI systems to open source communities and society as a whole. Each panel will provide its own perspective—business, academic, legal, or societal—on how AI may affect the future of open source. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

“The Open Source Definition has served the community as a north star for over two decades, creating a huge, thriving ecosystem and shaping conversations during the emergence of the internet and a host of emerging technologies, but AI ruptures the boundary between AI and software and is therefore challenging the definition in new and surprising ways,” said Stefano Maffulli, executive director of the Open Source Initiative.

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“With AI, there’s now a layer of abstraction where it’s not clear who is doing the computing, who can see it or how the user can modify that behavior if the results are unfair or unsatisfactory,” explained Maffulli. “The traditional view of open source code implementing AI algorithms may not be sufficient to guarantee inspectability and replicability of the AI systems. Meanwhile, as AI and automated systems become more pervasive every day, government regulators are rushing to define policies to avoid unintended and detrimental consequences. Now is the time to sharpen our collective knowledge about AI and collaborate on ways to maximize its potential while safeguarding society. That’s what these Deep Dive: AI panel discussions are all about, and we are proud of and grateful for the participation of the experts who are contributing their time and expertise to this important dialogue.”

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is the steward of the Open Source Definition, setting the foundation for the global open source ecosystem. Founded in 1998, OSI protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration and infrastructure.

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