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Partnership on AI Welcomes New Members, Including 14 Nonprofits

By / May 17, 2017 (iStock/Thinkstock)

The group, launched last year, aims to ponder both the technological and societal effects that artificial intelligence has on the world—and it’ll do so with the help of a number of nonprofit organizations and tech firms.

The tech industry’s attempt to get a stronger handle on artificial intelligence just gained a lot of fresh support—especially from the world of nonprofits.

On Tuesday, the Partnership on AI announced the addition of 22 more organizations to the group. While a number of major companies are now a part of the partnership—among them eBay, Intel, Salesforce, and Sony—most of the additions are advocacy groups and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Among the 14 new nonprofit groups are the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Privacy Forum, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. The groups join the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the American Civil Liberties Union, and OpenAI, which joined earlier this year.

“These additions created a balanced board of representatives from companies and independent sectors, including nonprofits, NGOs, and academia,” the group said of its earlier new members in a news release. “In the months since, we have worked to continue to build a diverse, multi-stakeholder organization for open and constructive dialogue on AI.”

The partnership has seen significant growth in its membership in recent months, notably persuading Apple to join months after the company initially refused to do so.

From here, the group plans to work on a number of items, including an AI Grand Challenges series to encourage the creation of aspirational technology, a push for working groups within the organization, an awards program for AI academic papers, and a Civil Society Fellowship program targeted at the partnership’s nonprofit and NGO members.

The partnership is currently seeking an executive director.

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