Partnership on AI expands and launches initiatives focused on AI challenges and opportunities

The Partnership on AI, founded in September 2016 by Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft with the aim to develop best practices on the challenges and opportunities in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), has announced the expansion with new partners, as well as the launch of a series of initiatives. New partners include the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Human Rights Watch, and Centre for Democracy and Technology, among others. In the upcoming period, the Partnership on AI plans to launch several, including: topic-specific and sector-specific working groups to research and formulate best practices; the creation of a Civil Society Fellowship programme aimed at assisting people at non-profits and NGOs who wish to collaborate on topics in AI and society; the formation of a cross-conference ‘AI, People, and Society’ Best-Paper Award; and the start of an AI Grand Challenges series to stimulate aspirational efforts in harnessing AI to address some of the most pressing long-term social and societal issues.