Ap­ple joins ri­vals to ad­vance AI re­search

Ap­ple joins the Part­ner­ship on AI. Agam Shah re­ports

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Ap­ple has joined ri­vals Google, IBM, Mi­crosoft, Face­book and Ama­zon as it takes a step ahead to ad­vance re­search and de­vel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. The Part­ner­ship on AI was founded in Septem­ber 2016 to steer de­bate on best prac­tices on AI. The group be­lieves the tech­nol­ogy could help in ar­eas such as health­care and trans­port.

Siri is cur­rently Ap­ple’s most vis­i­ble ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy but a larger strat­egy is still a sub­ject of spec­u­la­tion. The firm will likely im­ple­ment the tech­nol­ogy in its mys­te­ri­ous au­ton­o­mous car project, so self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles can nav­i­gate and cruise the roads safely with­out a hu­man at the wheel.

Beyond the Alexa voice as­sis­tant, Ama­zon uses AI to pro­vide buy­ing rec­om­men­da­tions. Google re­cently said it was pro­vid­ing Ten­sorFlow tools, so users can build a wide va­ri­ety of AI ca­pa­bil­i­ties into Rasp­berry Pi 3 and IBM’s high-pow­ered cog­ni­tive com­put­ers.

The group be­lieves ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence holds tremen­dous prom­ise and will lead to a big so­ci­etal im­pact. The tech­nol­ogy’s im­pact needs to be dis­cussed, and com­pa­nies need to es­tab­lish ground rules on how the tech­nol­ogy is de­vel­oped and de­ployed, ac­cord­ing to the group.

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