We’re excited about this historic collaboration on AI and its influences on people and society. We see great value ahead with harnessing AI advances in numerous areas, including health, education, transportation, public welfare, and personal empowerment. We’re extremely pleased with how early discussions among colleagues blossomed into a promising long-term collaboration. Beyond folks in industry, we’re thrilled to have other stakeholders at the table, including colleagues in ethics, law, policy, and the public at large. We look forward to working arm-in-arm on best practices and on such important topics as ethics, privacy, transparency, bias, inclusiveness, and safety.

Eric Horvitz is technical fellow at Microsoft, where he serves as director of Microsoft Research. His research contributions span theoretical and practical challenges with computing systems that learn from data and that can perceive, reason, and decide. His efforts have helped to bring multiple systems and services into the world, including innovations in transportation, healthcare, aerospace, ecommerce, online services, and operating systems. He has been elected fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Feigenbaum Prize, the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award, and the ACM ICMI Sustained Achievement Award for foundational research contributions in AI. He was inducted into the CHI Academy for advances in human-computer collaboration. He has served as president of AAAI, chair of the AAAS Section on Computing, and on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), DARPA, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He received his PhD and MD degrees from Stanford University.