Two big Silicon Valley names are missing from the alliance, which aims to set societal and ethical best practice for artificial intelligence research
Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft are joining forces to create a new AI partnership dedicated to advancing public understanding of the sector, as well as coming up with standards for future researchers to abide by.
Going by the unwieldy name of the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, the alliance isnt a lobbying organisation (at least, it says it does not intend to lobby government bodies). Instead, it says it 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.
There will be equal representation between corporate and non-corporate members on the board of the partnership, and it hopes to invite academics, non-profits and specialists in policy and ethics to join.
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