Amidst the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, Meta Platforms Inc is grappling with internal dynamics surrounding its Responsible AI (RAI) team.
Initially established to ensure the ethical deployment of AI tools, the group has undergone significant changes in its structure and mission.
The journey of the RAI team began in 2020 with a team of 30, which later expanded to nearly 40 members. However, recent internal shifts have seen its strength reduce to an estimated 25, according to Insider.
Originally envisioned as a vanguard in AI safety, the RAI team has now pivoted more towards compliance.
“How we make sure we don’t break any laws or get sued again,” said one Meta insider to the outlet.
With AI taking center stage, Meta has been proactive, launching its Llama AI model and introducing generative-AI features in platforms like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Yet, the company has also witnessed significant internal changes, including mass layoffs and restructuring. CEO Mark Zuckerberg rationalized these moves as efforts toward achieving “efficiency” and a refocused commitment to core tech innovation.
Following the exit of Jerome Pesenti, former vice president of Meta’s AI group, the RAI team underwent further changes. It merged with the social impact team, followed by staff reductions.
This reshuffling reportedly coincided with leadership transitions, as Mike Schroepfer relinquished the CTO title to Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, who assumed the AI helm and orchestrated the repositioning of RAI and other teams.
Despite facing challenges like “competing interests and competing for resources,” the RAI team managed to release over 20 “system cards” that publicly detailed AI-driven recommendation systems on Facebook and Instagram, according to Insider.
However, the time taken to achieve this milestone raised eyebrows among some insiders.
“The shift towards compliance began last year under the leadership of Esteban Arcaute, RAI’s technical engineering lead,” said Pesenti.
While Pesenti told Insider that he found the change “reasonable,” he acknowledged it wasn’t universally embraced. As AI regulations continue to evolve, the RAI team’s foundational mission may regain its significance. However, current sentiments suggest the company might be underestimating the gravity of responsible AI.
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