How should AI systems behave, and who should decide? OpenAI posed these critical questions in a recent post outlining their future strategy. At Credo AI, our focus is AI Governance, a field concerned with these same questions! Given the importance of the increasingly general AI models, including “Generative AI” systems and “Foundation Models,” we believe it is important to communicate our thoughts on these weighty questions.
At Credo AI, we believe that AI Governance is the missing—and often forgotten—link between MLOps and AI’s success to meet business objectives. In this blog post, we’ll start by defining MLOps and AI Governance, how they differ, and why both are needed for the successful realization of AI/ML projects. Let’s take a closer look at MLOps and AI Governance with respect to scope of work, stakeholder involvement, and development lifecycle.
Generative AI systems are the next frontier of technological systems. Putting aside what they presage in terms of future AI advancements, generative AI systems are already some of the most versatile, accessible tools humanity has ever created. The excitement around this space is palpable - you see it in trending social media posts of Dall·E images, new research and product innovation, and growing investment in generative AI companies. But if you are like most, this excitement is tempered by a feeling of anxiety.
Now that we’ve established what AI governance is and why it’s so important, let’s talk strategy; how does one do AI governance, and what does an effective AI governance program look like? At the highest level, AI governance can be broken down into four components—four distinct steps that make up both a linear and iterative process: 1) Alignment: identifying and articulating the goals of the AI system, 2) Assessment: evaluating the AI system against the aligned goals, 3) Translation: turning the outputs of assessment into meaningful insights, and 4) Mitigation: taking action to prevent failure. Let’s take a deeper look at what happens during each of these steps and how they come together to form a governance process designed to prevent catastrophic failure.
There is a lack of consensus around what AI Governance actually entails. We’d like to cut through the noise and provide a definition of AI Governance rooted in Credo AI’s experience working with organizations across different industries and sectors, collaborating with policymakers and standard-setting bodies worldwide, and supporting various global 2000 customers to deliver responsible AI at scale.
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