IBM is Challenging Congress’s Apocalyptic Perceptions of AI

IBM is taking a stand for artificial intelligence  via @futurism #AI #IBMWatson

  • IBM representatives are meeting with congress to challenge the lawmakers’ apocalyptic perceptions about artificial intelligence (AI).
  • IBM paints a different picture of the future in which AI will create jobs, drive progress, and help us develop as a species.
  • The technology giant is lobbying Washington with the hope of challenging the view of “fearful prophets envisioning massive job loss, or even an eventual AI ‘overlord’ that controls humanity” — as David Kenny, the vice president for IBM Watson, wrote in an open letter to congress.
  • IBM’s proposal to inform congress about AI is not the first high-profile venture to do so.
  • Last year, representatives from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Facebook formed the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society with the goal of developing a possible set of guidelines for AI development.

IBM representatives are meeting with congress to challenge the lawmakers’ apocalyptic perceptions about artificial intelligence.
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Learning through human feedback

Learning through human feedback  #DeepLearning #AI #ArtificialIntelligence

  • That is why DeepMind co-founded initiatives like the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society and why we have a team dedicated to technical AI Safety.
  • Research in this field needs to be open and collaborative to ensure that best practices are adopted as widely as possible, which is why we are also collaborating with OpenAI on research in technical AI Safety.
  • One of the central questions in this field is how we allow humans to tell a system what we want it to do and – importantly – what we don’t want it to do.
  • This is increasingly important as the problems we tackle with machine learning grow more complex and are applied in the real world.
  • The first results from our collaboration demonstrate one method to address this, by allowing humans with no technical experience to teach a reinforcement learning (RL) system – an AI that learns by trial and error – a complex goal.

A central question in technical AI safety is how to tell an algorithm what we want it to do. Working with OpenAI, we demonstrate a novel system that allows a human with no technical experience to teach an AI how to perform a complex task, such as manipulating a simulated robotic arm.
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Apple joins Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft in AI initiative

Apple joins Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft in #AI initiative  via @techcrunch

  • Apple couldn’t miss out on this opportunity if it wants to hire some of the best AI engineers.
  • Apple aims to up its AI smarts with iCloud user data in iOS 10.3
  • The Partnership on AI could also be a great lobbying tool, proving that tech companies are acting responsibly.
  • The Partnership on AI was officially unveiled back in September 2016 .
  • While the Partnership on AI has to clarify its areas of work, you can expect to see research papers on AI.

Following Bloomberg’s report, the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (what a name) officially announced that Apple is joining other tech..
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Partnership on AI Update

Partnership on #AI Update -  announcing the inaugural Board of Trustees  @PartnershipAI

  • The Board of Trustees will provide direction and oversee the general activities of the Partnership on AI.
  • Today, we are announcing the inaugural Board of Trustees, the board that oversees the Partnership on AI.
  • Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member.
  • The first meeting of the Board of Trustees is taking place on Friday, February 3rd in San Francisco.
  • Diversity of thought across the organization is crucial to ensure that we effectively explore and address the influences of AI on people and society, provide guidance on AI best practices, and seek to advance the public’s understanding of AI.

It has been rewarding and energizing to see all of the enthusiastic support about the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI) following our announcement in September. In the months since then, we’ve been working with colleagues and partners from a range of disciplines to build out a robust multi-stakeholder organization and to formulate directions for forthcoming research programs and activities. Today we have some important updates to share.
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