Google has earmarked 25 million euros (approximately $26.98 million) to facilitate AI literacy and skill development across Europe, aiming to empower individuals with AI proficiency, the tech giant announced.
The initiative, unveiled on Monday, involves inviting applications from social enterprises and nonprofits dedicated to reaching out to those who stand to benefit most from AI training. Additionally, Google plans to establish "growth academies" to assist companies in leveraging AI for scaling their operations. Furthermore, the company has expanded its array of free online AI training courses, now available in 18 languages.
Adrian Brown, executive director of the Centre for Public Impact, collaborating with Google on the nonprofit initiative, emphasized the importance of democratizing access to AI knowledge and skills. He highlighted concerns that AI advancements could exacerbate existing disparities, particularly in economic security and employment, underscoring the necessity of ensuring inclusivity.
This effort follows Google's recent announcement of a $1 billion investment to construct a data center near London, reflecting its commitment to meeting the escalating demand for internet services in the region. The data center, situated in Waltham Cross, approximately 15 miles north of central London, will occupy a 33-acre site acquired by Google in 2020, according to the Alphabet-owned company's statement.