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Do we need a W3C for AI?

March 28th, 2023

In the 1980s, in the emerging 'computers connected to a phone network' era, many thought the future was going to be multiple private bulletin board systems (BBS) But the internet - with open agreed upon protocols leapfrogged the multiple-proprietary-BBSs and became 'the future'

Proposing an interconnected and open "world wide web" (name we take for granted now) was a bold move, but the advantages so obvious that it quickly took over This was a deliberate process based on open protocols and processes for kicking off an open world wide web.

The W3C comitee started in 1993 - 2 years after Linus Torvalds kicked of Linux While the web itself was founded on open principles, the fact that Linux became the de-facto backend was an emerging process.

So we had one deliberate and one emerging open foundation time for the internet. Do we need the same for AI?