October 19, 2017

Accenture Joins Partnership on AI, Bolsters Commitment to Responsible AI That Benefits People and Society

NEW YORK; Oct. 19, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has joined the Partnership on AI, a prestigious alliance of businesses, researchers, academics and policy makers that work to advance the understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and develop best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. Accenture joins other prominent industry leaders who share its commitment to advancing the field of AI so that it benefits people and society. Accenture will actively contribute its own insights, research and capabilities in areas including Responsible AI, and will dedicate people and resources to collaborate with Partnership on AI members to help address important global challenges such as food, diversity, inclusion, health, education and economic opportunity.

“We are thrilled to join the Partnership on AI. We believe businesses, governments and academia have a critical role in co-innovating and applying AI to invent new educational, workforce and business models that are both responsible and responsive to the needs of people and society. It’s up to us to ensure AI can truly be a force for public good,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer. “Our experience and research demonstrates that AI’s true potential can only be achieved by adopting a ‘people first’ approach that reflects what we call Responsible AI – being fair, accountable, honest, transparent and human-centric in how we apply AI. We are proud to join the Partnership on AI to contribute in these areas and help define a successful and impactful future for AI.”

“At Accenture, we understand the growth that AI can generate for businesses. Pioneering leaders are wielding it to reinvent how businesses innovate, operate, and compete,” said Nicola Morini, global lead for Accenture’s AI strategic growth initiative. “We are firmly committed to the Partnership on AI and its mission. Through our involvement, we will extend our current collaboration with our industry peers and ecosystem partners, and harness our combined thinking and talents to identify important areas for discussion and resolution, and formulate best practices to help AI achieve its potential to positively impact our world.”

Founded in 2016 to promote the belief that AI technologies hold great promise for raising the quality of people’s lives, the Partnership on AI and its members aim to recommend best practices and conduct and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology. Founding members include Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM and Microsoft.

Accenture is dedicated to leading the charge toward Responsible AI, with the goal of providing better outcomes for all people. Working with its Global 2000 clients to actively design and direct AI to augment and amplify human capabilities, Accenture is committed to helping people to achieve more for themselves as individuals and for the world around them. Through its #AI4Good initiative, Accenture is making investments in unlocking the power of AI technologies through inclusive innovation co-created with ecosystem partners that leads to positive, scalable societal impact.

About Accenture
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 approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About the Partnership on AI
The Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI) is a not-for-profit organization, founded by Amazon, Apple, Google/DeepMind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft. Our goals are to study and formulate best practices on the development, testing, and fielding of AI technologies, advancing the public’s understanding of AI, to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society and identify and foster aspirational efforts in AI for socially beneficial purposes. We actively designed the Partnership on AI to bring together a diverse range of voices from for-profit and non-profit, all of whom share our belief in the tenets and are committed to collaboration and open dialogue on the many opportunities and rising challenges around AI. For the full list of founding members and partners, go to https://www.partnershiponai.org/partners/.

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