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Google commits £21m for AI education in Europe

Written by Mon 12 Feb 2024

Google has committed £21 million ($26 million) to support artificial intelligence (AI) education in Europe.

Google has partnered with the Centre for Public Impact to deliver the AI Opportunity Fund: Europe, inviting applications from social enterprises and nonprofits to assist in reaching individuals likely to benefit from the training.

Selected organisations will receive customised AI training in local languages, delivered directly to workers in their communities. Organisations will also receive cash grants to provide essential support such as childcare or compensation for wages with the aim of eliminating barriers to learning.

Executive Director at the Centre for Public Impact, Adrian Brown, said the new programme will help people across Europe develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence around AI, ensuring no one is left behind.

“AI has enormous potential to transform the world for the better. Yet research shows that the benefits of AI could exacerbate existing inequalities, especially in terms of economic security and employment,” said Brown.

Google Pledges Support for Startups and New Training

As part of the initiative, Google has also included a new series of Google for Startups Growth Academies across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This programme will support startups using AI to solve society’s biggest challenges in health, education, and cybersecurity. 

The Academies intends to help startups increase their user numbers, scale, and go global with help from Google’s products, best practices and connections to experts. Applications for the Growth Academy: AI for Health are open.

Google will also expand its AI foundational courses to 18 languages. These free courses offer a series of modules on introductory AI skills to help people and businesses get practical skills and knowledge.

Google said the company will enhance its Google Career Certificates to offer more resources. These certificates provide learners with professional certifications and enable them to explore how AI is utilised in their respective fields.

In January, Google Cloud announced a partnership with machine learning startup, Hugging Face, to facilitate AI software development within its platform.

In the same month, Google reinforced its commitment to the UK’s digital economy with a £788.4 million ($1 billion) investment in a new data centre. This move is set to support AI innovation and ensure reliable digital services for Google Cloud in the UK and abroad.

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Written by Mon 12 Feb 2024

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