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Introducing The Foundation Model Transparency Index

A new index rates the transparency of 10 foundation model companies and finds them lacking. Katharine Miller – Companies in the foundation model space are becoming less transparent, says Rishi Bommasani, Society Lead at the Center for Research on Foundation Models (CRFM), within Stanford HAI. For example, OpenAI, which has the word “open” right in its name, has clearly stated that it will not be transparent about most aspects of its flagship model, GPT-4.  Less transparency makes it harder for other businesses to know if they can safely build applications that rely on commercial foundation models; for academics to rely on commercial foundation models for research; for policymakers to design meaningful policies to rein in this powerful technology; and for consumers to understand model limitations or seek redress for harms caused. To assess transparency, Bommasani and CRFM Director Percy Liang brought together a multidisciplinary team from Stanford, MIT, and Princeton to design a scoring system called the Foundation Model Transparency Index. The FMTI evaluates 100 different aspects of transparency, from how a company builds a foundation model, how it works, and how it is used downstream.   When the team scored 10 major foundation model companies using their 100-point index, they found plenty of room for improvement: The highest scores, which ranged from 47 to 54, aren’t worth crowing about, while the lowest score bottoms out at 12. “This is a pretty clear indication of how these companies compare to their competitors, and we hope will motivate them to improve their transparency,” Bommasani says.”

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