Google Launches Digital Futures Project To Study Impact Of AI
In an effort to grasp the extensive implications of artificial intelligence (AI), Google has introduced the Digital Futures Project. This undertaking aims to bring together perspectives from a range of sectors, including academia, public policy, and civil society, in order to illuminate the opportunities and challenges presented by AI.
At the core of this initiative is a $20 million fund overseen by Google.org, which is dedicated to offering grants to well-regarded think tanks and academic institutions globally. Google is of the opinion that AI holds significant potential to transform various aspects of human life, from healthcare to urban planning.
Nonetheless, the technology also raises issues concerning fairness, misinformation, security, and other related concerns.
Google aims to facilitate a multilateral dialogue on public policy by supporting independent thinkers in exploring questions like:
- What impact will AI have on global security?
- How will AI alter labor and economic structures?
- What are the optimal governance structures for responsible AI innovation?
Inaugural grantees thus far include notable names like the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, and MIT Work of the Future. Google clarified that the fund would support institutions worldwide and will divulge more details soon.
This project continues Google’s commitment to responsible AI development, its comprehensive set of AI Principles, and setting up a governance team to oversee them.
“We hope 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.”
The team has been actively engaged in cutting-edge research within the industry, particularly on AI-related topics such as fairness and privacy.
However, Google recognizes that fostering ethical AI goes beyond the efforts of a single corporation.
The responsible advancement of AI is a critical issue that impacts various fields, and Google’s initiative has the potential to stimulate important conversations and research.
Additionally, Google has partnered with other major tech companies in the formation of the Frontier Model Forum, which focuses on promoting responsible development of AI models.