The Partnership on A.I was formed last fall around five major companies in Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft. The goal is to inform and promote awareness of A.I as it becomes more and more a part of everyday life—especially through these companies’ services and products. Now another major company is added as Apple joins the alliance a founder.
In an official statement it was mentioned that Apple was involved in the early stages of Partnership on A.I’s formation. The founding board includes Siri founder Tom Gruber representing Apple, Co-founder of DeepMind Mustafa Suleyman, Facebook AI Research director Yann Lecun, Google’s Director of Augmented Intelligence Greg Corrado, IBM’s Project Manager over Integrated Technology Services Francesca Rossi, and Microsoft’s Deputy Managing Director Eric Horvitz.
“We’re glad to see the industry engaging on some of the larger opportunities and concerns created with the advance of machine learning and AI,” Tom Gruber said of the Partnership for A.I’s goals. “We believe it’s beneficial to Apple, our customers, and the industry to play an active role in its development and look forward to collaborating with the group to help drive discussion on how to advance AI while protecting the privacy and security of consumers.”
Joining the major tech companies’ representatives are Executive Director of the ACLU of Massacheuttes Carol Rose, UC Berkeley School of Information Assistant Professor Deirdre Mulligan, OpenAI research scientist Dario Amodei, Senior Program Officer with the MacArthur Foundation Eric Sears, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics Jason Furman, and Arizona State University professor and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence President Subbarao Kambhampati. The Partnership’s interim Co-chairs will be Mustafa Suleyman and Eric Horvitz.