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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.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology, and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Accenture plans to hire 1,000 people in Canada this fiscal year.

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.

Affectiva is bringing emotional intelligence to the digital world, powering apps, cars, devices, and digital experiences with emotion recognition technology that senses and analyzes facial and vocal expressions of emotion.

The Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand sets out to raise the level of awareness and capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in New Zealand. The Forum brings together citizens, business, academia, and the government connecting, promoting, and advancing the AI ecosystem to help drive positive social and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the social implications of artificial intelligence. Currently, our research focuses on four key domains: rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.

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.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

ARTICLE 19 envisions a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. Our Mission is to protect the Freedom to Speak and the Freedom to Know. We take action when those freedoms are at risk because without freedom of expression, and the right to engage in open debate, to criticize, protest and dissent, civic discourse is weakened and marginalized groups lose their voice. We take action when those freedoms are at risk. We work to achieve our mission by understanding that other rights including belief, privacy, participation, assembly and association, and more, underpin freedom of expression and information. These two interlocking freedoms are the foundation of all our work. When either of these freedoms comes under threat, either by the failure of power-holders to adequately legislate for or protect them, ARTICLE 19 speaks with one voice, through courts of law, through global and regional organizations, and through civil society wherever we are present.

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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

CHAI’s goal is to develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient the general thrust of AI research towards provably beneficial systems.

The Center for Information Technology Policy is an interdisciplinary center at Princeton University. CITP is a nexus of expertise in technology, engineering, public policy, and the social sciences. In keeping with the strong university tradition of service, the Center’s research, teaching, and events address digital technologies as they interact with society.


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.

Doteveryone is a London-based think tank staffed by researchers, designers, technologists, and makers. We explore how technology is changing society, build proofs of concept to show it could be better for all, and partner with other organizations to provoke and deliver mainstream change.

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.

Element AI delivers groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence solutions to enterprise companies, bringing together the best AI experts and top entrepreneurs to produce next-generation AI capabilities for any organization. Follow next-generation AI capabilities for any organization. Follow @element_ai.

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 Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO helps companies and institutions introduce new business models and efficient processes to make their businesses more successful. With our in-depth knowledge of organizational structures and technologies, we have the skills you need to put applied research into practice. We participate in international networks, investigating and shaping the frontline themes that are most relevant to the future of Germany as a business location. Our goal is to systematically optimize the ways in which people, organizations, and technology interact. Current topics of interest are cloud computing and sustainable solutions, the Internet of Services, the Internet of Things (IoT), business models, energy systems and management, and electromobility applications. Follow @iaostuttgart.

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.

Our mission is to catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.

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.

Established in 1969, The Hastings Center studies the social and ethical issues in health care, science, and technology. Our research projects and our journals promote careful, respectful, and creative thinking among people with diverse views and expertise.

The Electronic & Computer Engineering Department at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is the top-ranked department in electrical and electronic engineering in Hong Kong. It offers a high caliber and stimulating environment for both research and teaching. One of the key areas of research is artificial intelligence and data science focusing on key applications in health and aging, financial technology, sustainability, robotics, and biology. The ethical use of artificial intelligence in these areas and beyond is a primary focus.

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).

Located in the Silicon Valley, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics brings the traditions of ethical thinking to bear on real world problems. The Center serves professionals in fields from technology to health care, from government to business.

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.

NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network has committed more than $1 billion to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights. Follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork #PositiveReturns.

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

The Oxford Internet Institute is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet.

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.

HRILab at Tufts University’s School of Engineering investigates and helps to shape the computational, social, and ethical possibilities of robots and other kinds of autonomous systems. Among the many projects the lab integrates are computational architecture, empirical studies of how people work with robots, the study of moral norms, natural language processing, fast learning from instructions and demonstrations, and cognitive modeling. HRILab is committed to grounding ethical reflection about artificial intelligence and robotics in the real contexts where autonomous systems will operate.

In 1827, UCL founded the first laboratory in the world devoted to engineering education. Over 180 years later, we are still at the cutting edge of the discipline, home to some of the most successful engineering departments in the UK. Many essential technologies originated from studies and work at UCL, including the rapid production of vaccines, fibre-optic communications (for which a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded), and the Internet infrastructure. The complexity of today’s societies means that engineers deal with an incredible range of challenges, ideas, and techniques.

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.

The Tech Policy Lab is a unique, interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Washington. The Lab’s mission is to position policymakers, broadly defined, to make wiser and more inclusive tech policy. Situated within a globally renowned research university, the Tech Policy Lab is committed to advancing artificial intelligence in the public interest through research, analysis, and education and outreach.

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.