Google has initiated the Digital Future Project, which aims to examine Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, on September 11. As part of this project, Google plans to provide a total of $20 million in grants to leading think tanks and academic institutions worldwide. The project’s stated goal is to “facilitate dialogue and inquiry.”
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Google aims to collaborate closely with external organizations through this initiative and promote responsible discourse by addressing issues such as fairness, bias, misinformation, security, and the future of the workspace.
Among the grant recipients already receiving funding under the project are institutions like the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie International Peace Institute, Center for a New American Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Institute for Security and Technology, Leadership Conference Education Fund, MIT Future of Work, R Street Institute, and SeedAI.
This project was launched at a time when some of the CEOs of the world’s largest technology companies are set to convene for an “AI Forum” meeting organized by United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in Washington, D.C. on September 13.
Participants in the event will include Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former Google CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and co-founder Bill Gates, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and representatives from civil rights organizations.
This event will not only bring together CEOs of U.S. companies with a combined market value of over $6 trillion but is also notable for being the first occasion where Zuckerberg and Musk will meet at an event.
According to Schumer’s office, the purpose of the event is to discuss artificial intelligence policies. Whether the nine meetings planned for the fall will include the same participant list remains uncertain.