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SenseTime Unveils “SenseTrust” AI Governance Platform for Reliable Advancement of Generative AI
July 18, 2023 – SenseTime, a leading global artificial intelligence (AI) software company, has announced the introduction of its trustworthy AI toolbox, “SenseTrust”, following the successful launch of its upgraded “SenseNova” foundation model sets at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2023. “SenseTrust” encompasses a comprehensive suite of trustworthy AI governance tools that cover data processing, model evaluation, and application governance. This toolbox provides ethics and security evaluation, and reinforcement solutions for SenseTime and the industry, promoting the development of a safe and trustworthy AI ecosystem.
SenseTime unveils “SenseTrust” AI Governance Platform
Zhang Wang, Vice President and Chairman of the Al Ethics and Governance Committee of SenseTime stated, “The widespread adoption of AI is fuelled by affordable and versatile technology, but ensuring systems have reliable security is a crucial component for large-scale implementation. While high computing power and general AI have accelerated the technology’s deployment, they have also heightened the risk of technology misuse, making security and reliability urgent concerns. SenseTime addresses these challenges with its trustworthy AI toolbox, ‘SenseTrust’, which covers the entire AI development life cycle, from data processing to model development and application deployment. ‘SenseTrust’ aims to assist in building reliable large models by reducing the risk characteristics of AI in the new era.”
During the WAIC, SenseTime also released the “SenseTime Large Model Ethics Principles and Practices Whitepaper”, an annual report on AI ethics and governance co-written by SenseTime Intelligent Research Institute and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Center for Computational Law and AI Ethics Research. The whitepaper focuses on the development of large models and the governance of generative AI. It presents the latest perspectives on AI governance, using the governance practices of the “SenseNova” foundation model sets as a case study.
“SenseTrust” creates a safety net for trustworthy AI
The AI production paradigm, featuring a combination of foundation models and fine-tuning processes, has significantly reduced development costs and application thresholds in the era of large models. However, with an increasing number of tasks, multi-modality, and a wider range of applications, the exponential growth of technology misuse and risk sources has made it increasingly difficult to define risk assessment metrics, potentially leading to a large-scale spread of risks. At the application level, risks such as AI hallucinations, data poisoning, adversarial attacks, and goal hijacking have emerged one after another, arousing global attention to the challenges of managing AI risks.
As a leading AI software company, SenseTime has always attached great importance to AI ethics and governance, emphasizing both technological innovation and governance development. As early as 2019, SenseTime launched two forward-looking initiatives, one on large model research and development and the other on AI ethics and governance. Prior to this, SenseTime had already established a comprehensive AI ethics and governance framework that includes an organizational structure, management system, review mechanism, tool system, ethics capacity building program, and stakeholder networks, which has been widely acknowledged by the industry.
As technology continues to rapidly evolve and applications become more diverse, it is crucial to elevate AI governance to effectively respond to the fast-growing risk concerns. To address the risk dynamics of generative AI, SenseTime has integrated long-term ethical governance thinking and technical capabilities to create a trustworthy AI toolbox known as “SenseTrust”. “SenseTrsut” provides a comprehensive “toolbox” for evaluating and reinforcing trustworthy AI, including technical tools for data governance, model governance, and application governance.
The Application Landscape of “SenseTrust”
At the data level, “SenseTrust” offers data governance tools such as anonymization, decontamination, compliance review, and bias evaluation. For example, the data decontamination tool can detect toxic data with backdoors or disturbances in the data source during model training and provide decontamination solutions, achieving effective decontamination with a detection rate of over 95%. The data anonymization tool has been used in various scenarios such as data annotation, urban management, and autonomous driving-related businesses.
At the model level, “SenseTrust” provides standardized and customized model evaluation capabilities for discriminative and generative models. The platform offers one-click evaluation for discriminative model such as live recognition, image classification, and target detection. For generative models, “SenseTrust” has created a large test dataset covering over 30 ethics and security evaluation dimensions, including adversarial security, robust security, backdoor security, interpretability, and fairness. To enhance the risk defence capabilities of models, “SenseTrust” provides an “AI firewall” that filters adversarial samples from the source, with a detection rate of up to 98%.
At the application level, SenseTime's expertise in data protection, digital forensics, and forgery detection has led to the development of integrated solutions for generation, authentication, and traceability. For example, “SenseTrust” has developed a digital watermarking solution to address AIGC-related certainty tracing and authentication issues. The solution can embed specific information into digital carriers without affecting their value or being easily detectable. The information supports multimodal data and can only be extracted through a specific decoder with an exclusive key. “SenseTrust's” digital watermarking technology has been applied in various products, including “SenseMirage” and “SenseAvatar”, and to customers in content creation and big data.
At this year's WAIC, SenseTime unveiled a significant upgrade to its “SenseNova” Foundation Model Sets, integrating its “SenseTrust” tool system to evaluate and enhance risk defence capabilities for both generative and discriminative AI models.
Furthermore, SenseTime is sharing its large model and generative AI governance practices. For instance, its “SenseTrust” solution for comprehensive forgery detection has been integrated into the security systems of more than ten banks, achieving a success rate of over 20% higher than the industry average in intercepting various attacks and preventing network fraud such as identity theft and payment fraud. Additionally, SenseTime has made related technologies such as model inspection, digital watermarking, and proactive protection against poisoning attacks available through its “Open Platform on AI Security and Governance”.