has announced grants totaling $25 million to the winners of its , a competition designed to catalyze the use of AI in addressing some of the world's most pressing social, humanitarian, and environmental problems.
In addition to receiving funding from , credit and consulting services from Google Cloud, and coaching from Google's AI experts, twenty projects and organizations will be invited to join the Google AI Impact Challenge Accelerator, a six-month program run by . Launched in 2018 with $25 million in funding from Google.org as part of the tech company's program, the challenge received more than twenty-six hundred applications from nonprofits, academics, and social enterprises in a hundred and nineteen countries — 40 percent of them submitted by organizations with no previous experience with artificial intelligence, which remains a nascent concept in the social impact field.
The selected projects and organizations include the , which plans to apply machine learning techniques to weather and agricultural data to improve irrigation for resource-strapped farmers in Africa and the Middle East; the , which is building an image recognition tool to improve plastic recycling rates, reduce plastic pollution in the oceans, and strengthen waste management in underresourced Indonesian communities; in Brazil, which uses AI to translate Portuguese into Brazilian Sign Language via a digital avatar, facilitating communication for Brazilians who are deaf and hard-of-hearing; and in the U.S., which is using deep learning to help low-income students improve their writing skills by providing them with immediate feedback.
For a complete list of this year's AI Impact Challenge , see the Google blog.
(Photo credit: Gringgo Indonesia Foundation)