California-based tech giant Google has revealed the twenty organisations which will share $25m in grants from Google.org. The grants form part of the company’s Google AI Impact Challenge.
One UK organisation is included, Full Fact, which develops trend monitoring and clustering tools to aid fact checkers’ analysis in order to contextualise the news and enable informed decisions.
Founded in 2010, the company calls itself the UK’s ‘independent fact checking charity’ and is lead by Director Will Moy, who prior to joining Full Fact worked for the non-party affiliated peer Lord Low of Dalston and the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety.
Google reports it received 2,602 applications from nearly two thirds of the world’s countries, forty percent of which came from organizations with no previous experience with artificial intelligence.
It said it chose the final winning projects based on feasibility, potential for impact, scalability and the responsible use of AI.
As well as the grant from Google.org, the winners will also receive consulting from Google Cloud, mentoring from Google AI experts and the opportunity to join a customized accelerator program from Google Developers Launchpad.
The selected projects address issues in the areas of health, economic opportunity and empowerment, environmental protection and conservation, education, misinformation and crisis and emergency response.