Google has committed to donating 25 million euros ($26.98 million) to facilitate artificial intelligence (AI) learning for individuals across Europe.
On Monday, the technology behemoth announced the initiative, inviting applications from social enterprises and nonprofits aimed at extending training opportunities to those most likely to benefit.
Additionally, Google plans to conduct a series of “growth academies” aimed at aiding businesses in leveraging AI for expansion, alongside broadening the accessibility of its online AI training courses to include 18 languages.
Adrian Brown, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact, collaborating with Google on this nonprofit initiative, highlighted the potential of AI to amplify existing disparities, particularly concerning economic security and employment. He underscored the program’s goal to enhance Europeans’ AI knowledge, skills, and confidence, ensuring inclusive technological advancement.
In a related development last month, Google disclosed plans to invest $1 billion in constructing a data centre near London in response to the increasing demand for internet services in the region.
Set to be established in Waltham Cross, approximately 15 miles north of London’s centre, the data centre will occupy a 33-acre site purchased by Google in 2020. This investment reflects Alphabet Inc.’s strategy to bolster its infrastructure in the UK, as outlined in its recent statement.