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Is it a bad sign when your tech company needs help with its tech?
Since you asked, the answer is: not really. "Tech" covers a lot of issues, so sometimes it takes specialists.
That's why Google is looking for outside help to work on artificial intelligence. After all, doesn't everybody who is not a robot need help with AI?
Help With AI
Google has organized an advisory group to help develop AI. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council will advise the company on subjects such as facial recognition and fairness in machine learning.
Inaugural members of the council include Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral economist and privacy researcher; Bubacarr Bah, an expert in applied and computational mathematics; and De Kai, a natural language processing researcher. Other members include experts in industrial engineering, psychology, public policy, and digital ethics.
"In addition to consulting with the experts on ATEAC, we'll continue to exchange ideas and gather feedback from partners and organizations around the world," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
The council will serve through 2019, meeting four times to inform Google and "the broader technology sector."
Report For AI
Google said it will publish a report summarizing the council's discussions. The report will not represent the opinion of any participating institution.
"We recognize that responsible development of AI is a broad area with many stakeholders," the company said.
In other words, Google will speak for the collective. It will not be the voice of Google, the company's artificially intelligent digital assistant.