Some of the world's largest tech companies are coming together to form a partnership aimed at educating the public about the advancements of artificial intelligence and ensure they meet ethical standards. "We believe that artificial intelligence technologies hold great promise for raising the quality of people's lives and can be leveraged to help humanity address important global challenges such as climate change, food, inequality, health, and education," the group stated in a series of "tenets." Another nexus of interest will be around ethics, with the group inviting academic experts to work with companies on AI for the best of humanity. But it's not clear whether this means opposing working with government surveillance authorities, or opposing forms of online censorship.
Andrew Heikkila recently wrote in TechCrunch, "Indeed, AI is here -- although Microsoft's blunder with Tay, the'teenaged girl AI' embodied by a Twitter account who'turned racist' shows that we obviously still have a long way to go. The pace of advancement, mixed with our general lack of knowledge in the realm of artificial intelligence, has spurred many to chime in on the emerging topic of AI and ethics. Sydell calls upon Latanya Sweeney's 2013 study of Google AdWords buys made by companies providing criminal-background-check services. Sweeney's findings showed that when somebody Googled a traditionally "black-sounding" name, such as DeShawn, Darnell or Jermaine, for example, the ad results returned were indicative of arrests at a significantly higher rate than if the name queried was a traditionally'white-sounding' name, such as Geoffrey, Jill or Emma."