Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft grouping to advance AI

Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis at the AlphaGo challenge match between human champion Lee Sedol, and Deepmind’s computer Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

Some time ago, I organised an event in Paris with AI leaders in Frence. We discussed whether we needed to be GAFA to do AI. It was the opportunity to discover the wealth of the French AI ecosystem; and how laboratories needed entrepreneurs to make products out of their technologies.

Now good news or bad news, GAFA are grouping together: Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft to advance the technology. They want to create a space to work closely with laboraties.

“conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology”.

“A small number of large corporations are today the powerhouses behind the development of sophisticated artificial intelligence. The inauguration of the partnership on AI is a very welcome step towards ensuring this technology is used wisely,” (Murray Shanahan)

I must say that there is so much limits to be pushed in this area. However will grouping together the richest AI corporations with the best public and private laboratories really help building a more trusted AI? The future will tell.

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