The Terminator isn't arriving anytime soon, but concern is growing that artificial intelligence is already so pervasive in society--and getting more so all the time--that there needs to be more focus on how it's being used and potentially misused (even if by accident). Aside from futuristic killer robots, there are already real dangers ranging from faulty autonomous cars to algorithms used in hiring or recruiting that have an inadvertent bias against women or ethnic groups. The giants of artificial intelligence, especially as it affects consumers and businesses, have just joined together to form a nonprofit called the Partnership on AI, with founding members Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft. It's the latest effort to keep a collective eye on how AI is developed and used. OpenAI, founded in December 2015, has a similar goal of conducing research and conferences to promote responsible use of AI.
Several of the tech sector's biggest names have come together to form an Artificial Intelligence organisation that will explore the ethics and applications of technology that could transform the entire industry. Amazon, Facebook, Google (DeepMind), IBM and Microsoft are founding members of the'Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society', or'Partnership on AI' for short, and will invite academics, non-profit organisations, specialists in policy and ethics to join the board. Partnership on AI itself is a non-profit organisation and will conduct and publish research on an open licence in areas such as ethics, transparency, privacy, interoperability, reliability and interaction between humans and AI systems. The ultimate stated aim of the alliance is to increase public awareness of AI, maximise the benefits to society, and address various challenges. It says it is not a lobbying organisation and all members will contribute financial and research resources.
Contrary to fictional portrayals of humans being herded like animals by Artificially Intelligent (AI) machines, realistic concerns about artificial intelligence are far more benign. Still, they are very important, and conversations have to begin in order to look at perhaps setting some ground rules. That's why the big players are stepping up. Researchers and scientists from large tech companies Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Facebook have been meeting and discussing the future implications of AI for humans. While no hard details on the group's policies, objectives, or even it's name have come out, insiders have stated the group's intentions: to ensure that A.I. research is focused on benefiting people, not hurting them.
From job automation to fears of a robot uprising, the growth of artificial intelligence has spurred numerous concerns over the future of humanity, many of which have long been stoked by science fiction. But now, the tech giants of Silicon Valley are working to take on the most pertinent challenges before they can even arise. Researchers with Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft have teamed up to create a new group, known as the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, to develop a standard of ethics for the development of AI. Researchers with Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft have teamed up to create the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society. 'The objective of the Partnership on AI is to address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society,' a statement said.
As long as the idea of artificial intelligence has existed, flesh and blood philosophers have been grappling with what it might mean to create machines that think. The question of whether man-made intelligence could exist has triggered only more questions. What, if anything, would we owe to that intelligence as its creators? How will artificial intelligence make ethical decisions? How should it be used for warfare?