The development of true artificial intelligence is an ambitious goal for many companies which seek to make it work for the betterment of humanity, and not just the improvement of their services. Therefore, companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM founded an AI research group titled Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society.
Now, Apple one of the biggest tech companies in the world, if not the largest, has finally been added to official founder’s list of the AI research group, which was initially unveiled in September 2016. All the companies seek to pool their resources together so that future AI system will create a better and brighter future for humanity, helping us solve some of our most dire situations.
It was previously reported that Apple welcomed the idea of joining the Partnership for AI, and today’s announcement only serves to formalize the company as a founder. The research group has its own board of trustees, which can be found on the group’s website. Apple will be represented within the partnership by the co-founder of Siri and Apple’s current CTO, Tom Gruber.
The AI research group also announced that six independent individuals will be joining the partnership’s group thanks to their past achievements in the field of artificial intelligence. The newly included members are Subbarao Kambhampati from the Association for the Advancement of AI & ASU, Dario Amodei from OpenAI, Deirdre Mulligan from UC Berkely, Eric Sears from the MacArthur Foundation, Carol Rose from ACLU, and finally, Jason Furman from the Peterson Institute for Internationa Economics.
Increased membership for these types of programs meant to benefit all the people is a welcome change. However, the AI research group still need to further clarify its areas of work and development, rather than just state their broader goals and vision for the future of AI.
Being part of this Partnership for AI allows companies to gain some great publicity and earn the public’s trust by acting responsibility and collectively in developing somewhat controversial AI systems. More specifically, Apple is taking the opportunity to increase its appeal to AI researchers willing to work at Apple, as the company tries to become more competitive in this field of research.
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