In September last year, Amazon, DeepMind (which belongs to Google), Facebook, IBM and Microsoft announced the creation of a nonprofit organization for Artificial Intelligence research.
Named “Artificial Intelligence Partnership to Benefit People and Society,” it will work to formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities that technology will bring.
But did you miss an important name on the list? Yes, everyone has. But today they published an update on this partnership: Apple, the only major missing technology company in the initial list, joined the organization as a founding member. They also announced a diversified and balanced Board of Trustees.
Yes, Apple had already shown interest in changing their attitude towards the academic community and research on Artificial Intelligence, when he announced that share articles on their own results. Soon after, the company published its first article on AI, which undoubtedly benefits both the community as the company itself, which may well recruit prominent researchers without hurting ethics codes.
Six new members of the independent council were also announced. They are Dario Amodei (OpenAI), Subbarao Kambhampati (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and ASU), Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley), Carol Rose (American Civil Liberties Union), Eric Sears (MacArthur Foundation) and Jason Furman (Peterson Institute of International Economics).
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on Friday, February 3 in San Francisco, and they will announce more details about this program, including how others and organizations can participate in the partnership, as well as the initial research program and Activities.
This alliance aims to “conduct research, recommend best practices and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, equity and inclusion, transparency, privacy and interoperability, a collaboration between people and artificial intelligence systems, and the reliability, The reliability, and robustness of the technology. ” Each member shall have equal representation, including equal voting rights, and shall accept the contribution of “academics, non-profit organizations, and policy and ethics experts.”