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Top Tech Companies Form AI Think Tank

Paul Rubens - September 29, 2016 - 09:42 AM
Top Tech Companies Form AI Think Tank
Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google have set up a group to guide artificial intelligence development.

(CCM) — An elite group of the world's top technology companies have come together to help guide the development of artificial intelligence. Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google's DeepMind have formed the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, which aims to help AI researchers and other groups to communicate with each other, help people understand the benefits and costs of artificial intelligence, and support artificial intelligence research and recommend best practices. Currently, Apple is not a member of the group, but it is expected to join the partnership soon. "AI technologies hold tremendous potential to improve many aspects of life, ranging from healthcare, education, and manufacturing to home automation, and transportation," the group said in an announcement. "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."

The group will also engage external experts, such as philosophers, ethicists, and sociologists to discuss and provide guidance on emerging issues relating to artificial intelligence. A typical ethical question that artificial intelligence researchers might face is whether it is acceptable to design an intelligent self-driving car that would swerve to avoid hitting two humans if that meant hitting another human.

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