In September 2016, the giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM came together to create the Partnership on AI, a consortium in order to promote research and work in artificial intelligence. As reported by the Business Insider at the time, the Apple he did not join them, probably due to the culture of secrecy that governed the company. But as this has already fallen apart, the paths are open.
According to Bloomberg, Apple will now be part of that initiative with other tech giants and be able to announce its entry later this week, as anonymous sources claim.
To support the mission to benefit people and society, the Partnership on AI intends to conduct research, organize discussions, share ideas, provide opinions, consult relevant third parties, answer questions from the public and the media, and create educational material to advance the understanding of AI technologies, including machine perception, learning and automated reasoning.
For some months now we have been seeing news here and there about Apple's artificial intelligence initiatives. Company acquisitions, contracts and changes in the internal regulations show that Ma has been increasingly opening up to possibilities. We don't know whether from old plans or from constant complaints, but we are finally seeing significant changes.
Update · 01/27/2017 s 11:40
And now official: Partnership on AI has just announced that Apple is officially in the body of members. It is interesting that they announced it as having already contributed since the beginning of the project.
Apple joined Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and has been collaborating with the initiative since before it was announced for the first time. We are very happy to formalize your participation alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google / DeepMind, IBM and Microsoft.
In addition, Tom Gruber, responsible for the advanced development of Siri and who now sits on the board as an administrator, gave his opinion:
We are happy to see the industry engaging in some of the biggest opportunities and concerns created with the advancement of machine learning and AI. We believe it is beneficial for Apple, our customers and the industry to play an active role in its development, and we look forward to collaborating with the group to help lead the discussion on how to advance artificial intelligence, protecting consumer privacy and security.
Great news, really. ?