January 27th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
As artificial intelligence becomes an increasingly powerful force, some of the world's biggest companies are worrying about how the technology will be used ethically, and how the public will perceive its spread. To combat these problems (among others), five tech companies -- Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM -- set up a research group called the Partnership on AI. Today, Apple has joined their ranks along with six new trustees from corporate and nonprofits, cementing the Partnership's position as the foremost industry AI research group.
The group was formed last fall and reported Apple was involved behind the scenes. As a result, Apple will join as a founding member.