Google’s Model Card Toolkit aims to bring transparency to AI

Google has released a toolkit which it hopes will bring some transparency to AI models.

People are wary of big tech companies like Google. People are also concerned about AI. Combine the two and you’ve got a general distrust which can hinder important advancements.

Model Card Toolkit aims to step in and facilitate AI model transparency reporting for developers, regulators, and downstream users.

Google launched Model Cards itself over the past year, something that the company first conceptualised in an October 2018 whitepaper.

Model Cards provide a structured framework for reporting on ML model provenance, usage, and ethics-informed evaluation and give a detailed overview of a model’s suggested uses and limitations. 

So far, Google has released Model Cards for open source models built on its MediaPipe platform as well as its commercial Cloud Vision API Face Detection and Object Detection services.

Google’s new toolkit for Model Cards will simplify the process of creating them for third parties by compiling the data and helping build interfaces orientated for specific audiences.

Here’s an example of a Model Card:

MediaPipe has published their Model Cards for each of their open-source models in their GitHub repository.

To demonstrate how the Model Cards Toolkit can be used in practice, Google has released a Colab tutorial that builds a Model Card for a simple classification model trained on the UCI Census Income dataset.


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