With the rise of artificial intelligence, some of the world’s biggest tech companies are commencing informal talks on how best to develop an ethical and self-policing framework for the burgeoning technology, The New York Times reports. Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have been meeting to discuss its impact on jobs, transportation and warfare. Though a name for the standards group has not yet come to light, four people familiar with the meetings said the group intends to “ensure AI research is focused on benefiting people, not hurting them,” the report states. Stanford University has also released a report funded by Microsoft researcher Eric Horvitz. The report, titled “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030,” contends that it will be impossible for government to regulate AI. “The study panel’s consensus is that attempts to regulate AI in general would be misguided, since there is no clear definition of AI (it isn’t any one thing), and the risks and considerations are very different in different domains.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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