Industry leaders form AI group

Partnership on AI will address challenges of artificial intelligence

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Industry leaders form AI group Partnership on AI will look at technology and ethical considerations for AI. (Image courtesy of Victor Habbick /
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 30, 2016

Leading technology companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have formed a non-profit organisation focused on development of artificial intelligence (AI).

The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI) group will include academics and specialists in areas including policy and ethics to address the challenges and opportunities of AI technology.

The organisation's members will conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness, and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability, and robustness of the technology.

Founding members will each contribute financial and research resources to the partnership and will share leadership with independent third-parties, including academics, user group advocates, and industry domain experts. There will be equal representation of corporate and non-corporate members on the board of this new organisation.

The Partnership is in discussions with professional and scientific organizations, such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), as well as non-profit research groups including the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), and anticipates announcements regarding additional participants in the near future.

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.

Francesca Rossi, AI Ethics Researcher, IBM Research commented: "Over the past five years, we've seen tremendous advances in the deployment of AI and cognitive computing technologies, ranging from useful consumer apps to transforming some of the world's most complex industries, including healthcare, financial services, commerce and the Internet of Things. This partnership will provide consumer and industrial users of cognitive systems a vital voice in the advancement of the defining technology of this century -one that will foster collaboration between people and machines to solve some of the world's most enduring problems -in a way that is both trustworthy and beneficial."

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