I invite my friends, colleagues, scholars and students to carefully pay a visit to this digital space https://www.partnershiponai.org .

The alliance possibly represents today the world’s largest economic, financial, political -let alone scientific and technological- power…. and its stated objective is to shape our collective and individual future.
Extremely bold and transparent objective, may I say, but what’s even more alarming, realistic and potentially reachable.

Some 60 years ago another coalition of industrial, economic and political giants was formed (well beyond the traditional and consolidated/corny advocacy activities of bodies like the US Chamber of Commerce…just like today, as from this perspective things haven’t changed) and it was called The Tobacco Institute (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_Institute) an organization that also claimed it wanted to shape our daily life by con-vincing and persuading the public policy process, as well as smokers and non smokers, that the act of smoking was not as harmful for society as voiced by increasingly loud sectors of the medical communities and health bodies.

Certainly, the excellent people who publicly take responsibility for the PartnersonAI will not appreciate this analogy and frankly, it ends here.

Yet they must know that when it was formed, and for many years, the Institute was admired for the quality of its narrative and, despite its often distorted contents, was ,by scholars and practitioners alike, considered the most advanced form of public advocacy (not the term used at the time).

The analogy is evoked only to caution that, while reading the lofty and yet stimulating texts of the digital space I suggest you visit, you keep in mind the intelligence, quality and substance that lie behind each word.

Only one, in my opinion of course, faux-pas and naiveté.
Under the frequently asked questions, the not surprisingly last one reads:

WILL THE PARTNERSHIP BE A LOBBYING ORGANIZATION?
The Partnership on AI does not intend to lobby on behalf of industry. It was designed to be an independent organization that passionately looks out for the short- and long-term futures of people and society more broadly. We foresee that guidance generated by shared, multiparty stakeholder discussions with balanced and independent reflection and analysis leading to best practices that, in turn, may be useful to industry and other sectors, including policymakers.

This is what anyone, even partly familiar with communication issues, and if familiar with Latin, would dub as, if you will excuse the use of this horrible neologism in this context, an ‘authentic!!’ Excusatio Non Petita.

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