Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft Partner Together On AI

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft have currently announced the launch of a non-profit to “advance public understanding” of artificial intelligence as well as to formulate the “best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field.”
 
 
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The announcement as per the official blog,
 
“Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft today announced that they will create a non-profit organization that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. Academics, non-profits, and specialists in policy and ethics will be invited to join the Board of the organization, named the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI).”
 
As per the announcement, the partnership will go on to conduct a research and recommend the best practices related to “ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology. It does not intend to lobby government or other policymaking bodies.”
 
The organization’s founding members will each go on to contribute financial as well as research resources to the partnership and will go on to share the leadership with the independent third-parties, which includes academics, user group advocates as well as industry domain experts. There will also be equal representation of the corporate as well as non-corporate members on the board of this new organization. The partnership is currently, in discussion with the professionals, as well as scientific organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and non-profit research groups, such as the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2).
 
In the blog, the company concluded by stating,
 
“AI technologies hold tremendous potential to improve many aspects of life, ranging from healthcare, education, and manufacturing to home automation and transportation. Through rigorous research, the development of best practices, and an open and transparent dialogue, the founding members of the Partnership on AI hope to maximize this potential and ensure it benefits as many people as possible.”