April 19, 2024

Google Commits $20 Million to Promote Responsible AI Research Worldwide

Google and its philanthropic arm, Google.org, have launched the Digital Futures Project, an initiative focused on the responsible use of artificial intelligence technologies. This initiative began on September 11.

Google plans to allocate a total of $20 million in grants to prominent think tanks and academic institutions worldwide. The primary objective is to “promote discussions and research” surrounding AI technologies.

In accordance with a blog post, Google is committed to addressing issues related to fairness, bias, misinformation, security, and the future of employment by actively collaborating with external organizations and fostering responsible conversations. The statement says that, through this initiative, they will provide support to researchers, host meetings, and encourage discussions on public policy solutions that promote the responsible advancement of AI.

Several organizations have already received grants from this fund, including the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for a New American Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Institute for Security and Technology, Leadership Conference Education Fund, MIT Work of the Future, R Street Institute, and SeedAI.

The launch of this project coincides with a meeting scheduled for September 13 in Washington D.C., where the CEOs of major technology companies worldwide will gather for an AI Forum hosted by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Attendees will include Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former Google CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft Cofounder Bill Gates, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and representatives from civil rights organizations.

This event not only brings together CEOs of U.S. companies with a combined market value exceeding $6 trillion but also marks a notable occasion as it may be the first time Zuckerberg and Musk have appeared in the same venue since the cancellation of their widely-discussed mixed martial arts match.

According to Senator Schumer’s office, the purpose of the event is to discuss policies related to artificial intelligence. It is the inaugural gathering of nine similar meetings planned for the fall, although it remains uncertain whether subsequent events will have the same guest roster.

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