Major companies band together to share AI research
Rarely do you see large companies coming together for a singular goal, especially when said companies regularly try to outdo one another in a specific area. And yet it is exactly what has happened as five of the world’s top companies involved in artificial intelligence research have come together to form an alliance of sorts.
Five companies, namely Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have come together to form a new partnership on AI, reports TechCrunch.
The new group is tasked with conducting AI-related research while promoting the best practices to achieve their goals. They will frequently come together to discuss their advancements as far as AI technology is concerned. A formal structure of communication across company lines is also one of the benefits in forming this group.
Financing the group will be the initial tech companies that have signed up for the group but membership and involvement are expected to increase in the future. Apart from companies, stakeholders, ethicists, activists, and nonprofits will also be participating in the discussion in the coming weeks.
Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of applied AI at DeepMind said, “We want to involve people impacted by AI as well.”
Apple is also among the big names in the AI research world. However, the company was not preset during the launch. It is, however, said to be enthusiastic about the project.
While pop-culture discussions revolve around the dangers of artificial intelligence, the group is more focused on creating a standard open license where research topics on inclusivity, ethics and privacy can be published.
Artificial intelligence technology would be a great boon to to the technological world if properly developed and it looks like this group is aiming to do just that while hopefully avoiding the worst-case scenarios that are so prevalent in science fiction stories. Alfred Bayle