Big Names Join Group Aiming to ‘Responsibly Realize the Promise of AI’

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Forbes.com

August 3, 2018

By Sam Shead

PayPal, the MIT Media Lab, and the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University are among 18 organizations that have joined the Partnership on AI—a consortium set up to study and formulate best practices on artificial intelligence.

The Partnership on AI was established in September 2016 by Google, DeepMind (an AI lab acquired by Google), Facebook, Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft. It was set up to ensure AI is developed safely, ethically, and transparently.

Other new members include Deutsche Telekom, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the United Nations Development Program.

Partnership on AI executive director Terah Lyons said in a statement: “To maximize the opportunities and identify the risks of AI, we need to bring together those that build AI technology with those that will be affected by it.

“The Partnership on AI is assembling a one-of-a-kind community of diverse, global voices to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for debate about AI and its impact on people and society. We are proud to welcome our new partners as we continue our work towards these goals.”

The full list of new members is:

  • AI4ALL.
  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
  • The Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.
  • Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative.
  • Deutsche Telekom.
  • G3ict: The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs.
  • GLAAD.
  • Insight Centre for Data Analytics.
  • Iridescent.
  • The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
  • The MIT Media Lab.
  • New America.
  • PayPal Holdings, Inc.
  • Software.org, The BSA Foundation.
  • UNI Global Union.
  • United Nations Development Program.
  • University of Tokyo—Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Research Center.
  • Wikimedia Foundation.

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