Google pledges $20M & starts a new project for research into and grants for responsible AI.
Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, launched the Digital Futures Project yesterday alongside a $20 million fund to provide grants to think tanks and academic institutions. The project is aimed at promoting the “efforts to understand and address the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence,” as per the official announcement.
Through the project, the organization aims to help researchers work on public policy solutions that can further the cause of responsible AI development and use.
The first few recipients of the grants include the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for a New American Security, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Institute for Security and Technology, Leadership Conference Education Fund, MIT Work of the Future, R Street Institute and SeedAI.
We’ve said that it will take the proverbial village — collaboration and deep engagement from all of us — to get AI right. We’re optimistic about AI’s opportunity to make our lives easier and address societal problems from health and medicine to climate change and natural disaster preparation. But we need responsible approaches to get this right. This project and fund are designed to support more research, dialogue and ensure we can harness the full potential of AI.Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Director, Product Impact, Google.org; in a statement to Axios