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Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

DeepMind is on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how. At the same time, our DeepMind Applied team is working with experts in different fields to make meaningful real-world breakthroughs. DeepMind was founded in London in 2010 and backed by some of the most successful technology entrepreneurs in the world. Having been acquired by Google in 2014, we are now part of the Alphabet group and continue to be based in our hometown of London.

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. You can learn more about Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and Applied Machine Learning at

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome, and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

With the industry’s most robust cognitive computing cloud platform, built specifically for the needs of the enterprise, IBM helps companies transform their businesses and industries, professionals to reinvent their roles, and organizations to solve the major societal challenges of our time. IBM Watson is open to the world, allowing a growing community of developers, business professionals, students, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced computing platform available today. Watson solutions are being built, used, and deployed in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries around the world, and will touch more than a billion consumers by year’s end. For more information on IBM, visit: and Join the conversation at #ibmwatson.

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft believes it will achieve that mission, in part, by infusing AI technologies into its products and services, amplifying human ingenuity with intelligent technology. More than any other technology that has preceded it, AI has the potential to extend human capabilities, empowering us all to achieve more. You can learn more about Microsoft’s AI strategy at


The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is an international, nonprofit, scientific society devoted to promote research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence.

For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been the United States’ guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

AIFNZ’s role is to be the perennial point of reference around AI and all the socio-economic impacts that will be driven from it. Its objectives are to aid the direction of government policy, build base capability relevant for a future-state economy, and drive positive social and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

AIFNZ’s initial initiative is to fully research New Zealand’s capability and benchmark that against the international market. Conventional research houses will be engaged for such activity. Depending on the findings of that research, it is likely that specific work streams will follow to help NZ prepare for AI going mainstream.

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) is a non-profit organization founded by Paul Allen with the mission to contribute to humanity through high-impact AI research and engineering. All of our work is directed towards AI for the Common Good. We are passionate about open science and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

CDT shapes tech policy and internet architecture, with a focus on the rights of the individual.


CFI is an interdisciplinary research centre based at the University of Cambridge which aims to bring together the best of human intelligence to ensure we make the most of the opportunities of artificial intelligence.

Cogitai, Inc. is dedicated to building artificial intelligence (AI) that learns continually from interactive experience with the real world. Our AI software will let everyday things that sense and act get smarter, more skilled, and more knowledgeable over time with experience.

Data & Society is a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development. AI, automation, and autonomous systems are presently surrounded by utopian dreaming and dystopian anxiety. Data & Society believes that engagement and grounded research, attentive to social dynamics and on-the-ground contexts, can add clarity and suggest directions for action, policy, design, and technical development.

The Digital Asia Hub is an independent, non-profit research think tank based in Hong Kong. It provides a non-partisan, open, and collaborative platform for research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building related to Internet and Society issues.

As a technology company, eBay is advancing Artificial Intelligence to power its core platform and expand economic opportunities for users the world over. eBay brings a unique perspective and approach to collaborate on important areas of personalization at scale, market efficiencies, and new experience that define the future of commerce. As one of the largest global marketplaces with a massive data set, eBay is passionate about using Artificial Intelligence along with human intelligence, in creating new communities and enabling businesses of all sizes that will shape and democratize the future of commerce.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the world’s leading digital civil liberties organization. EFF works to ensure that the rights and freedoms people enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as the use of technology grows. With respect to AI and machine learning, that includes protection of privacy, freedom of speech, and from unjust or discriminatory decisionmaking; ensuring that systems are sufficiently open, transparent, and controllable by users; and that they are safe and constructive from a computer security perspective.

The Future of Humanity Institute is a research group, based at the University of Oxford, that takes seriously the idea that AI will be the most transformative technology ever developed. Their work explores what can be done to ensure this transition has robustly good outcomes.

The Future of Privacy Forum is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies.

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.

Intel expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. As a data company, it is imperative for Intel to deliver solutions that create, use, and analyze the massive amounts of data generated each and every minute, and Intel is working to help make AI accessible to every industry. Intel will assist the Partnership for AI on the future evolution of AI as deep learning and other methods are applied to hardware (silicon).

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. We help clients realize their most important goals, including how to capture the opportunities in AI, drawing on our relevant capabilities and assets inside McKinsey Analytics (including QuantumBlack) and Digital McKinsey. In addition, the McKinsey Global Institute researches and publishes widely on the opportunities and impact of AI and automation on business, the economy, and society.

OpenAI is a non-profit AI research company, discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.

Salesforce is a cloud computing company behind the world’s leading CRM solution. Salesforce Einstein is AI for CRM embedded directly into Salesforce’s products and platform.

SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping to streamline processes and use live data to predict customer trends.

Sony Corporation is the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony is interested in contributing to discussions on how to design proper human-AI collaboration and how AI can be applied to advanced robotics, as well as to a range of commercial products and services at different levels of autonomy. Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., will serve as the primary representative of Sony to the Partnership on AI.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation works to connect the needs of the world’s most vulnerable children to the capacities of the most quickly developing frontier technology. We believe that machine learning and the future of both weak- and strong-AI will be able to help us address globally relevant issues like the spread of disease, responses to climate change and disasters, and the uncertain future of jobs and employment. UNICEF’s presence in over 190 countries can help ensure algorithmic equity and completeness in the type of data used to train machine intelligence. UNICEF has always been an organization driven by data – and the capacity to process and learn from the massive amounts of data that exist around us will let us work to optimize the life of every child.

Upturn drives social change by bringing technical insight to civil rights and social justice debates. Upturn partners with advocates, philanthropies, and companies to make automated decisions more fair, transparent, and accountable, and to ensure artificial intelligence develops to protect the dignity and well-being of all people.

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to create exponential impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE, and the $1M Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.

Zalando is transforming from an e-commerce company into a multi-service platform that provides fashion as a service. We make it our mission to imagine and predict the infinite points of interaction between fashion and people – and develop the technology to make them possible. The +1600 members of Zalando Technology across our offices in Germany, Ireland and Finland build most of our +40 platform products in-house and open source – from our logistics software to our mobile applications.