Apple has finally joined an artificial intelligence (AI) research group that includes Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft. Apple’s Tom Gruber, the chief technology officer of AI personal assistant Siri, has joined the group of trustees running the non-profit partnership.
“We believe it’s beneficial to Apple, our customers, and the industry to play an active role in its development and look forward to collaborating with the group to help drive discussion on how to advance AI while protecting the privacy and security of consumers,” Gruber said in a statement .
Although Apple didn’t join the partnership from the beginning it is said discussions involving its membership have been ongoing. As well as Gruber, the Partnership on AI has announced six independent board members: Dario Amodei from Elon Musk’s OpenAI, Eric Sears of the MacArthur Foundation, and Deirdre Mulligan from UC Berkley.
Also on the board is Subbarao Kambhampati of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence & ASU), Carol Rose from the American Civil Liberties Union and Jason Furman, previously president Barack Obama’s former chief economist and now at the Peterson Institute of International Economics.
“The Board of Trustees will provide direction and oversee the general activities of the Partnership on AI,” the group says. The first meeting of the board will take place on February 3 in San Fransisco. A program of AI research will then be announced.
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