Five of the world's largest tech
companies have come together to create an ethics board for AI
development, with the purpose of guiding future AI development and set
industry-wide best practices.
AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is slowly taking
over basic services at all major companies. At the moment, AI
technologies are still out of the grasp of smaller companies, but the
technology is slowly spreading to more and more businesses and industry
Before things get a chance to go haywire and Skynet
becomes reality, some of the world's most talented engineers, currently
working for the world's biggest companies, have come together to study
and formulate best practices on AI technologies, just like they did in
the past with Internet and browser standards.
New coalition is an open platform, similar to W3C
This new coalition named the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI)
will serve as an open platform, similarly to W3C and WHATWG, where
everyone can join and participate in open discussions with equal rights.
Initial Partnership on AI members include Amazon,
Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft, all leading developers of AI
technologies. Apple, Baidu, and Intel, also AI pioneers, aren't included
as charter members but are expected to join.
Smaller companies, academics, non-profits, and
specialists in policy and ethics are welcome to join, and selected
figures will be invited to join.
AI right now is like the Wild Wild West
"To meet its goals, the organization anticipates it
will host discussions, commission studies, write and distribute reports
on critical topics, and seek to develop and share best practices and
standards for industry," the organization's FAQ page reads.
"Over the past five years, we’ve seen tremendous
advances in the deployment of AI and cognitive computing technologies,"
says Francesca Rossi, AI Ethics Researcher, IBM Research. "This
partnership will provide consumer and industrial users of cognitive
systems a vital voice in the advancement of the defining technology of
While AI is currently in its incipient stages of
development, as many researchers view it, its applicability can span and
reach into every facet of our daily lives, a notion that scares many
people. The Partnership's initial role will also have to be of PR and
marketing, in order to dispell AI's image of "destroyer of mankind" that
many Hollywood movies have rushed to promote. Of course, that scenario
is many decades away, based on current AI advancements.
The Partnership doesn't have any type of regulatory
powers, but if all major players join, they could approve to create such