Announcing the Partnership on AI to Benefit People & Society

We believe that AI has the potential for transformative, positive impact in the world. Fulfilling this potential is not only dependent on the quality of the algorithms being engineered and the data they use, but on the level of public engagement, transparency, and ethical discussion that takes place around them.

It’s precisely because AI has the potential to have such a major positive impact on the world, that we believe it’s critical that we build new models of open collaboration and accountability around it.

That’s why we at DeepMind are really proud to have worked with Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft, to form a non-profit organisation that aims to create a forum for open discussion around the benefits and challenges of developing and applying cutting edge AI. Together, we hope to advance public understanding of AI and formulate best practices on some of the most important and challenging ethical issues in the field.

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Leading tech industry researchers from IBM, Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook and Microsoft convened to announce a partnership on artificial intelligence (AI) best practices, at IBM's Watson headquarters in New York City, Weds., September 28, 2016. Founding members of the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence from left: Eric Horvitz, Microsoft; Francesca Rossi, IBM; Yann LeCun, Facebook and Mustafa Suleyman, Google/DeepMind. Not pictured is Ralf Herbrich, Amazon. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

The group - named the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society - is a significant step forward, breaking down barriers between AI teams across leading companies to address some of the really difficult questions that are arising within the field. We also want to make it easier for those in other fields to understand, assess and engage with our scientific breakthroughs and consider the broader social and ethical impacts of our applications.

By opening up the conversation about AI to a wider community, we hope to build new models of engagement, collaboration, and accountability to take the field forward in a thoughtful, positive and ethical way that benefits people and society.

To find out more about the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, visit the official website here.