Google launches $20 million fund to invest into responsible AI

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 08: People walk past the Google pavilion at CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Google though its non-profit arm has launched the Digital Futures Project, an initiative that aims to promote responsible artificial intelligence (AI) researchers, convenings and debate on public policy solutions.

As part of the Project,‘s $20 million fund will provide grants to leading think tanks and academic institutions around the world to facilitate dialogue and inquiry into this important technology to address some of society’s most complex challenges — like preventing disease, making cities work better and predicting natural disasters.

Google will also sees issues such as fairness, bias, misinformation, security and the future of work addressed in collaboration with industry, academia, governments and civil society.

Inaugural grantees of the Digital Futures Fund include the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for a New American Security, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Institute for Security and Technology, Leadership Conference Education Fund, MIT Work of the Future, R Street Institute and SeedAI. The fund will support institutions from countries around the globe.

Google believes that being bold on AI means being responsible from the start. In 2018, Google published a set of AI Principles to guide the work, and establish a governance team to put them into action by conducting rigorous reviews of new systems.

The Digital Futures Project and this fund will support many others across academia and civil society to advance independent research on AI that helps this transformational technology benefit everyone.