"it really shouldn’t need a roster of learned academics and institutions to point out the gigantic conflict of interest in a commercial AI giant researching the ethics of its own technology’s societal impacts"
and points out that
"there’s a reason no one trusts the survey touting the amazing health benefits of a particular foodstuff carried out by the makers of said foodstuff".
As @marionnestle remarks in relation to the health claims of chocolate,
"industry-funded research tends to set up questions that will give them desirable results, and tends to be interpreted in ways that are beneficial to their interests". (via Nik Fleming)
Nic Fleming, The dark truth about chocolate (Observer, 25 March 2018)
Natasha Lomas, DeepMind now has an AI ethics research unit. We have a few questions for it… (TechCrunch, 4 Oct 2017)