There is some debate going on regarding the development of AI. There are some, such as Tesla’s Elon Musk, who has expressed concern in the past about the dangers of AI, but as is the case with all tools, we suppose a large part of it depends on how you use it. That being said, Facebook has recently announced that they are backing the creation of an AI ethics research center.


This is in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich where they will “explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI.” According to Facebook, “At Facebook, ensuring the responsible and thoughtful use of AI is foundational to everything we do — from the data labels we use, to the individual algorithms we build, to the systems they are a part of.”

Facebook is also expected to provide the research center with an initial grant of $7.5 million over the space of five years, where they might also share some of their own findings and tools in the process. Exactly what will become of this remains to be seen, but Facebook has in the past been accused of political bias through its algorithms. Facebook isn’t alone in this as Google has also been similarly accused of displaying news that favors certain political parties during the search process.

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