The contest called AI Global Impact Challenge challenges organizations to develop AI-based solutions to address social and environmental challenges
Technology Major Google announced that company will be offering a sum of US$ 25 million for the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based products to address social challenges. The global competition named AI Global Impact Challenge majorly challenges non-profit organizations, research organizations, and social enterprises working in the area of AI to develop solutions to address social and environmental challenges. Several topics included in the competition includes environmental issues, crisis relief, and sex trafficking.
"We're all grappling with questions of how AI should be used. AI truly has the potential to improve people's lives," said Google's artificial intelligence Chief Jeff Dean said in Sunnyvale, California while announcing the initiative. The company has already started accepting the applications. The last date for submitting the applications is January 22, 2019. Google will be announcing winners in upcoming spring 2019, at the Google I/O Developer Conference. Selected organizations will receive coaching form AI experts at Google, access to the company's computing resources and a Google.org grant funding from a US$ 25 million pool.
Google's â€˜AI for social goodâ€™ initiative is followed by criticism for companyâ€™s involvement in the US Department of Defense's Project Maven. The project integrates potentials of AI in the US Military and Google on its part was providing the department computation technology to analyze the footage captured by drones using AI-based tools to differentiate between objects and humans. Google said that it would not renew its contract with the US military when it expired in 2019. Moreover, Google Duplex raised concerns among the critics when the company unveiled the AI-based digital assistant at Google I/O this year. Critics were worried that Duplex with its human like talking ability would be able to deceive people. However, Google clarified that it would disclose that the call was being made by a virtual agent.
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