Google Releases AI Ethics Guidelines
Following the announcement that Google Cloud will not be renewing its existing contract with the Department of Defense, the company released a series of guidelines for future policy on how it intends to use AI in the future. The guidelines contain both suggestions of the positive ways that Google will try to expand its use of Artificial Intelligence, as well as a few rules about how the company won’t utilize the emerging technology.
Weapons are among the list of things the company stated will not be designed or deployed under the new guidelines, along with any other technology that is likely to cause “overall harm”. However, they did add that if the benefits substantially outweigh risks, they might proceed after assessing the appropriate safety constraints.
They also stated that technologies that gather or use information in a way that is violating “internationally accepted norms” would not be supported. This likely refers to the recent GDPR compliance standards, which went into effect last month. Lastly, they stated that they would not support any features that counteract widely accepted international law or human rights standards.
Despite this clear position on the topic, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene defended the previous contract’s purpose in a blog post earlier this week. Greene stated that “saving lives was the overarching intent” and made it clear that the provider honored the full extent of its contract for Project Maven.
Cisco and Google Cloud Join Forces
In other Google Cloud news, the company teamed up with Cisco Systems, global procedure of networking equipment and high technology hardware. The goal of this partnership is to allow customers to move workloads from private to public clouds more easily, quickly, and cheaply.
The partnership will allow Cisco to deploy and build infrastructure around Google’s open source software platform Istio, so that Cisco customers can build an application one time in an on-premises system, then later deploy them in the cloud if they chose to do so. This kind of mobility and flexibility is exactly what hesitant customers are looking for in terms of adaptability.
Cisco’s also specializes in security, and it has been a running theme in the direction of the company over the last quarter. A recent acquisition of Accompany, a privately held artificial-intelligence company, will likely bolster Cisco’s ability to cooperate with Google and process threat information in the new platform.
Alibaba Cloud Streamlines Pig Farming
Alibaba Cloud is trying to revolutionize the way Chinese pig farmers operate- with artificial intelligence. The program, named ET Agricultural Brain, uses AI machine learning to span a variety of products to help make sure farmers’ charges are healthy, happy, and productive. For example, voice recognition is being used to detect sick animals and keep an eye on young piglets.
Currently the product is already being utilized by some of China’s top pig farms, and projections about how much this could improve the overall agricultural output of China’s pork industry are optimistic. Alibaba stated that the program can increase annual newborns by 3 per sow, and would reduce loss of animal life due to sickness or injury by 3%. Because China is one of the world’s leading suppliers and consumers of pork, the success of this new technology could spring Alibaba Cloud forward in its long standing international goals. Keep an eye on the Alibaba Cloud Liftr Score to find out.
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