Google puts up $25 million for AI research

phys.org | 10/31/2018 | Staff
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Google is creating a $25 million fund for artificial intelligence research around the world to address social and economic problems.

Organizations chosen by the company will receive not only financial assistance, but also help from Google AI experts and computing resources, said Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google's charity arm, Google.org.

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Grants for the "Google AI Impact Challenge" are expected to range from about $500,000 to $2 million, Fuller said.

"AI can help us revisit problems that were previously seen as unsolvable," she said. "We're optimistic that AI can accelerate research and engineering efforts to tackle the world's biggest humanitarian, environmental and social problems. We want to work with organizations and developers globally."

Google - Applications - Nonprofits - Enterprises - Research

Google is inviting applications from nonprofits, social enterprises, and research institutions. For-profit companies can apply, but only for projects with charitable purposes, Google said.

The initiative was announced Monday at a Google event, which also showcased current AI projects, including one that analyzes recorded whale songs to predict the animals' movements. That could help reduce collisions between whales and boats, said Jay Yagnik, a Google vice-president and engineering fellow.

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"In the future we hope to go one level deeper, by identifying breeding locations, migration paths, changes in relative abundance or even changes of song over the years," Yagnik said. "If...
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