Microsoft plans to address the ethical issues of AI with new partnership

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Google parent Alphabet,, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft announced a nonprofit group Wednesday called Partnership on AI that will research and create rules governing the development of artificial intelligence and promote transparency in the field.

Shortly before Microsoft introduced its new fangled Artificial Intelligence division, news surfaced about the company's participation in a new AI ethics committee which includes brain power from tech giants such as Facebook, IBM, DeepMind, Google, and Amazon.

The global virtual reality and artificial intelligence markets are highly technological, requiring national and transnational vendors to invest substantial capital in research and development. He added that the road to its success not only depends on the quality of algorithms but also the public's involvement which will, "ensure AI is understood by and benefits as many people as possible".

Notably missing from the alliance is Apple, which is said to be in talks with the group but is not yet a member officially. Research organisations such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence will support the cause.

A group of tech titans, including and Microsoft, has created a nonprofit that will ponder the impact of artificial intelligence on the world - and perhaps make it seem less threatening to anxious observers.

Eric Horvitz, one of the partnership's two interim co-chairs, said the group has been "in discussions with Apple". "As researchers in industry, we take very seriously the trust people have in us to ensure advances are made with the utmost consideration for human values", Yann LeCun, Director of Facebook AI Research, said in a statement. However, the partnership has expressly stated that it will not lobby government or other policymaking bodies.

"As a scientific community, we are still a long way from being able to do things the way humans do things, but we're solving unbelievably complex problems every day and making incredibly rapid progress".

Late a year ago, SpaceX founder and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk took part in creating nonprofit research company OpenAI devoted to developing artificial intelligence that will help people and not hurt them.

The idea for the partnership emerged at an event coordinated in NY this January by Facebook to discuss ethical issues surrounding AI.



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