Hey my friends, this is the article 53 / 1000! For those who don’t know me, my name is Selim Chehimi and I’m an engineering student. I’ve been programming for 7 years now so you can tell that I really enjoy that. Those 7 years of programming lead me to Artificial Intelligence. I really want to be involved in AI so that’s the reason why I’m sharing this article with you. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Today we will talk about Tech Giants and The Partnership on AI.
Nowadays, Tech Giants like Google, Facebook or Microsoft are going ALL IN on Artificial Intelligence. Also, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are calling for AI to be regulated. In fact, there are a lot of ethical problems produced by Artificial Intelligence. Some says that AI will be either our best or our last invention. As you can imagine, it’s tremendously hard (impossible) to predict the future of AI. In 2016, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Facebook founded a nonprofit called The Partnership on AI (Apple joined in January) to work on the ethical problems created by Artificial Intelligence. With OpenAI (a non-profit AI Research Company launched by Elon Musk), they are focusing on promoting ethical AI or FAI (Friendly AI). Despite this Partnership, the competition is still tremendously huge and we mustn’t forget that all these companies have their own AI initiatives. Let’s see some of them.
Google always wanted to be the biggest AI company. In 2014, they bought Deep Mind (an AI Startup) for $400 million making it one of the largest AI acquisitions to date. Their “AI System” TensorFlow is already available to everyone.
Facebook is helping blind people by using artificial intelligence to describe the photos on their feed. (e.g. ‘three women smiling’). The company is also using AI to find out what matters to their users and show them on their FB Feed. Facebook is not new to the AI game. In 2013, they created a lab to AI Research and they recruited Yann LeCun, a very famous AI Researcher.
Microsoft is investing a lot on AI Startups. Their goal is to be “investing in AI Companies focused on inclusive growth and positive impact on society”.
Amazon is also embracing Artificial Intelligence to deliver goods more quickly, to recommend the clients better and to enhance its personal digital assistant Alexa (used in the Amazon Echo).
In December 2016, Uber acquired Geometric Intelligence, an AI Startup that is now creating a new AI lab within Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco. It’s not surprising that Uber is investing so much in AI as they want to be the leader of autonomous driving technology.
It’s not clear what Apple’s plans are! They bought Emotient and Vocal IQ (two AI Startup). It is reported that Apple aims to enhance facial recognition and Siri further.
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