Facebook, Google, and Microsoft team up to pacify fears about AI

Five of the world’s largest technology companies have come together to shed light on the ongoing development of artificial intelligence. The entities involved are Facebook, Google and its DeepMind subsidiary, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM, and the group’s new nonprofit organization will grow to include a number of AI research groups and academics. Announced today, the coalition will be known as the Partnership on AI and it will be co-chaired by Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman. Apple is in talks with the group, but has not yet decided to join the organization. The partnership has two main focuses. The first will be educating the public about AI, especially as the technology becomes more deeply embedded in everyday life, threatening to automate human labor and take over complex…


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