Google.org's Digital Futures Project is on a mission to make AI work for everyone

20 Sep 2023

Google has just made a major move in the world of artificial intelligence (AI). Through its philanthropic branch, Google.org, the company has launched the Digital Futures Project. This ambitious effort focuses on ethical AI research and aims to make discussions about AI policies easy to understand.

Here's the big deal: Google.org is setting aside a substantial $20 million fund. This money will be given to respected think tanks and universities worldwide. Why? To support conversations and research on how to use AI in a good and ethical way. The main goal is to make AI helpful in solving complex problems like preventing diseases, improving cities, and predicting natural disasters.

But there's more. The Digital Futures Project also wants to tackle important issues related to AI, like making sure it's fair, free from bias, and secure. To do this, Google is teaming up with various groups, including business leaders, top-notch schools, governments, and regular folks like you and me.

And guess what? Google has already picked some winners for the Digital Futures Fund. These are big-name organizations like the Aspen Institute, the Brookings Institution, and others. Google is serious about making sure AI is used responsibly right from the start.

Back in 2018, Google laid down some rules for AI called AI Principles. Think of them as guidelines for making sure AI behaves well. And to make sure these rules aren't ignored, Google has a special team in charge of keeping an eye on new AI systems.

So, what's the big picture? The Digital Futures Project and that hefty $20 million fund are all about giving smart people, from college students to experts, the power to study AI on their own terms. They get to dive into the world of AI while making sure it's used for good things that benefit everyone. Google is making a big impact in the world of AI research, and it's something anyone can get behind!

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