Google to give away $25 million to fund humane AI projects

Published 10-29-2018

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society.

The grant program announced Monday is part of a broader Google initiative called "AI for Social Good" aimed at easing concerns that advances in artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and perhaps even be autonomously deployed by militaries to kill people.

Other technology companies have taken similar steps to address ethical issues in AI. For instance, Microsoft has committed $115 million to an "AI for Good" initiative that provides grants to organizations harnessing AI for humanitarian, accessibility and environmental projects.

Google says its AI technology already helps diagnose diseases and helps people with disabilities.

Google's nonprofit arm will announce the AI grant winners next spring.

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