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Mozilla Launches AI Startup to Build Trustworthy and Open-Source AI

Cam Speck



Mozilla Launches AI Startup to Build Trustworthy and Open-Source AI

Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox browser, has launched a new AI-focused startup named The company aims to build trustworthy and open-source AI solutions, and has received a $30 million seed investment from the Mozilla Foundation.

According to Mozilla, the startup will be part research firm and part community, with the goal of creating a trustworthy, independent open-source AI stack.’s initial focus will be on building a team of 25 engineers, scientists, and product managers to work on “trustworthy” recommendation systems and large language models, similar to OpenAI’s GPT-4.

One of the startup’s primary goals is to establish a network of allied companies and research groups that share its vision. This includes Mozilla Ventures-backed startups and academic institutions. By working together, these organizations hope to create a more trustworthy and transparent AI ecosystem. plans to develop tools that allow users to interrogate the sources behind the answers that AI chatbots give them. The company also wants to create systems that give users more control over the AI solutions they use. By doing so, hopes to create a “trust first” open-source AI stack that the industry can use as a regular toolkit.

In addition to its focus on building trustworthy AI solutions, also plans to spin out its successful explorations into products and companies, as well as open-source projects. The startup is a for-profit company, but it is bound to the Mozilla Manifesto ethical principles. aims to stay independent, while also collaborating with other companies and organizations that share its vision.

Moez Draief has been named the managing director of, while Karim Lakhani, Navrina Singh, and Mark Surman serve as the startup’s initial board members.

Mozilla’s decision to launch an AI-focused startup comes at a time when concerns about the impact of AI on society are growing. While AI has the potential to revolutionize many industries, it also raises a number of ethical and social questions. For example, how can we ensure that AI solutions are unbiased and free from discrimination? How can we give users more control over the AI solutions they use? And how can we build AI systems that we can trust?

These are questions that hopes to answer through its work. By building trustworthy and open-source AI solutions, the startup aims to create a more transparent and accountable AI ecosystem. It is a bold vision, but one that is sorely needed as AI continues to play an increasingly important role in our lives.

Overall, the launch of is an exciting development in the world of AI. As the startup begins to build its team and work on its first projects, it will be interesting to see how it can contribute to the development of a more trustworthy and transparent AI ecosystem. If successful, could help to address many of the concerns that currently surround AI, paving the way for a more responsible and ethical use of this powerful technology.

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