Google, in its bid to see more advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), has pledged 25 million euros ($26.98 million) to help fund initiatives that will enhance AI education across Europe.
While making the pledge on Monday, 12th February, Google announced its commitment to ensuring that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to learn and benefit from AI technology.
The initiative invites social enterprises and non-profits to apply for funding to support AI education programs targeting individuals who are most likely to benefit from such training. Additionally, Google plans to establish “growth academies” to provide support to companies leveraging AI to scale their businesses. The tech giant has also expanded its range of free online AI training courses to be available in 18 languages, making them more accessible to a broader audience.
Adrian Brown, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact, stressed the importance of addressing potential inequalities that could arise from the widespread adoption of AI. He highlighted the need to empower people across Europe with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively engage with AI technologies, thereby ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital age.
Last month, Google announced a $1 billion investment in the construction of a new data centre located just outside London. The data centre, situated in Waltham Cross, is strategically positioned to meet the increasing need for internet services in the region.
With its substantial financial commitment and focus on education and empowerment, Google aims to foster a more inclusive and equitable future for Europe, where individuals from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to thrive in the digital economy.