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Apple Set To Join Amazon, Google, Facebook in AI Research Group (bloomberg.com) 35

Apple will take a significant step toward disclosing more of its artificial intelligence research this week by becoming a member of a non-profit AI research consortium founded by five of the tech industry's biggest players, reports Bloomberg. Last September, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM publicly announced The Partnership on AI, an organisation established "to study and formulate best practices, to advance the public's understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society." Apple released its first AI paper to the public last year.
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Apple Set To Join Amazon, Google, Facebook in AI Research Group

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    So now Skynet will get Siri's voice and Terminators will have a thinner design?

  • Why is it that companies that are nominally in competition with each other, and even face off against each other in court, can so easily co-operate with each other on new tech initiatives? I know that they're not enemies in the traditional sense, that it's all just business, and that they're stronger and likelier to succeed when they pool their expertise and resources. But given their competitive positions, I still I find these relationships curious. Is it the equivalent of family infighting, where siblings

    • Why is it that companies that are nominally in competition with each other, and even face off against each other in court, can so easily co-operate with each other on new tech initiatives?

      My guess is:

      1. Large companies are made up of many people and lots of departments under different leaderships
      2. Open standards help everyone make money when the technology is new (you can take a gamble that your solution is the one to take off, but that is far from a guarantee. More likely you will be undercut by a smaller, more agile company. So better to head that possibility off at the pass.)
      3. It is more efficient to not waste a bunch of effort in parallel development (cost savings for everyone on R

    • In my experience, which is mostly much smaller organizations, is more like family game night competing than "family infighting, where siblings can be ruthless with each other". Many race car drivers and other sports competitors are friends - the fact that they are all members of small group, professional race drivers, means they have something important in common, which brings them together. yet what they have in common is that they compete with each other. :) How many people can really relate to Google S

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      Why is it that companies that are nominally in competition with each other, and even face off against each other in court, can so easily co-operate with each other on new tech initiatives? I know that they're not enemies in the traditional sense, that it's all just business, and that they're stronger and likelier to succeed when they pool their expertise and resources. But given their competitive positions, I still I find these relationships curious. Is it the equivalent of family infighting, where siblings

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Strong AI is the ultimate goal of AI research, and has been impossibly hard to figure out. The company that figures it out first will have a huge advantage over the competitors. Everyone is making slow progress on strong AI and is deathly afraid one of their competitors will figure it out first. By joining up, they will guarantee themselves a piece of the pie no matter who figures it out. Think about it, if they were making good progress on strong AI, why join up? Would Google have collaborated with Yahoo
      • Strong AI is the ultimate goal of AI research, and has been impossibly hard to figure out. The company that figures it out first will have a huge advantage over the competitors. Everyone is making slow progress on strong AI and is deathly afraid one of their competitors will figure it out first. By joining up, they will guarantee themselves a piece of the pie no matter who figures it out. Think about it, if they were making good progress on strong AI, why join up? Would Google have collaborated with Yahoo on search technology in 2000?

        Parent needs to be modded up insightful. Truly, if any of those companies were making headway they wouldn't give away the family jewels, hence none of them are having any success.

  • by rgbscan ( 321794 ) on Thursday January 26, 2017 @11:45AM (#53742117) Homepage

    At least when Skynet arises, it will be cross-platform.

    • That is sort of the definition of Skynet, isn't it?

      Skynet certainly wouldn't be as threatening an overlord if it was siloed in one platform...

  • by OneHundredAndTen ( 1523865 ) on Thursday January 26, 2017 @12:19PM (#53742295)
    We have been promised real AI any time now for forty years. What we have are the utterly stupid chatbots and the only somewhat less stupid digital assistants, which are good for party games, grins and giggles, and little more. Hopefully, this time things will be different - but I am not holding my breath.
  • Let's see how AI (Artificial Intelligence) of machines will compete with RS (Real Stupidity) of humans.

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