Technology|Protecting Humans and Jobs From Robots Is 5 Tech Giants’ Goal

By JOHN MARKOFFSeptember 28, 2016Five major technology companies said Wednesday that they had created an organization to set the ground rules for protecting humans — and their jobs — in the face of rapid advances in artificial intelligence.The Partnership on AI, unites Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft in an effort to ease public fears of machines that are learning to think for themselves and perhaps ease corporate anxiety over the prospect of government regulation of this new technology.The organization has been created at a time of significant public debate about artificial intelligence technologies that are built into a variety of robots and other intelligent systems, including self-driving cars and workplace automation.The industry group introduced a set of basic ethical standards for engineering development and scientific research that its five members have…


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