In fact these five companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft came together to announce the launch of new Partnership on AI. Although, two big Silicon Valley names are missing from the Artificial Intelligence partnership alliance, which reportedly aims to set societal and ethical best practice for AI research.
However, those who are in the partnership on AI are forced to create a new dedicated collaboration to advancing public understanding of the sector, as well as coming up with standards for future researchers to abide by. The world’s largest technology generators hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world, and the data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever companies owns the data, effectively owns AI. Currently, the companies like Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power right now.
These five big companies came together today to announce the launch of Partnership on AI alliance. In an act of self-governance, the group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices. Specifically, which means that the group of tech giants will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. Also, the group opens up a formal structure for communication across company lines. It’s extremely important to note that on a day-to-day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other to eventually develop their top products and services powered by machine intelligence.
Financial support will be coming from the initial tech companies that are already members of the group, but in the future, membership and involvement is expected to increase. User activists, ethicists, nonprofits and other stakeholders will be joining the discussion group in the coming weeks.
Given the fact that name of the partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, the alliance isn’t a lobbying organisation. Instead, it says it will “conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusively; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology”.
There’s still be equal representation between corporate and non-corporate members on the board of the AI partnership, and it hopes to invite “academics, non-profitable and specialists in policy and ethics” to join. “We want to involve people impacted by AI as well,” said Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of applied AI at DeepMind, a subsidiary of Alphabet.
As of today’s launch, companies like Apple, Twitter, Intel and Baidu are missing from the group. While Apple also said to be enthusiastic about the project, their absence is still notable because the company has fallen behind the artificial intelligence when compared to its rival – many of which are part of this new group.
Ralf Herbrich, the director of machine learning science and core machine learning at Amazon, said: “We’re in a golden age of machine learning and AI. This partnership will ensure we’re including the best and the brightest in this space in the conversation to improve customer trust and benefit society.”
Facebook’s director of AI research, Yann LeCun, said: “By openly collaborating with our peers and sharing findings, we aim to push new boundaries every day, not only within Facebook, but across the entire research community.”
IBM’s Francesca Rossi added: “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.”
To combat this, companies like Microsoft have already formed AI ethics advisory boards, rather than override existing efforts, the group augments projects already undertaken at individual companies and provides a forum of sharing valuable advice. The group plans to make discussions and minutes from meetings publicly available.