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In a new project named the People + AI Research Initiative (PAIR), Google‘s researchers are looking at the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence in the hopes of making the latter more useful to the former, the tech giant announced on its blog on Monday.
The company says it’ll rethink AI on three levels: How we can use it as a tool in everyday life, how professionals in all fields can use it to make their jobs easier and how practical AI development can be taught to engineers.
Google isn’t the only one making big moves to help develop the nascent field. On Monday, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, helmed by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the MIT Media Lab, pledged $7.6 million to support the creation of AI that serves public interest. Plus,the tech giant Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft to create a new not-for-profit called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.
Google says, as part of PAIR, it will introduce new open-sourced tools and educational material as well as publish research to help push AI along.
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