Why tech giants are forming an AI coalition

If science fiction is a reflection of our fears, then we are afraid of a robot takeover.To counter fears about artificial intelligence replacing humans at work and at home, as well as agree on industry-wide ethics for the growing technology, five of the world’s largest tech companies have joined together.“The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society” was created by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM, they announced in a statement Wednesday. Academics, nonprofit researchers, and experts in policy and ethics will also be included. Apple is also in talks with the partnership, but has not yet decided if it will join, according to The Verge.Once reserved for sci-fi dystopias, artificial intelligence has become a daily reality in the internet era, powering Apple’s Siri, chatbots on Facebook Messenger,…

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