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Google Pledges to Give $25 mn For AI-Powered Humane Projects

Google noted that its deep learning technology has played a key role over the past few years in advancing wildlife conservation, employment, flood prediction, wildfire prevention and infant health

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Google has pledged to give $25 million to launch projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to inspiring solutions to societal problems.

Google said the grant will be used to fund the Google AI Impact Challenge contest, which is part of its AI for Social Good program dedicated to “addressing some of society’s biggest unsolved challenges”, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

The California-based hi-tech powerhouse is making a “global call for nonprofits, academics, and social enterprises from around the world to submit proposals on how they could use AI to help address some of the world’s greatest social, humanitarian and environmental problems.”

Google said applicants don’t have to be an AI expert and it has worked out an educational guide to help them identify most suitable projects that have significant social impact.

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“An international panel of experts, who work in computer science and the social sector” will assess the proposals to select top winners in the spring of 2019, Google said.

The company said it has been working on AI technology over the past years to roll out projects with positive societal impact, such as forecasting floods, protecting whales, and predicting famine.

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It said its AI technology makes it possible to scan 100,000 hours of audio recorded in the Pacific to identify whale sounds for better protection of humpback whales and other endangered species.

Google noted that its deep learning technology has played a key role over the past few years in advancing wildlife conservation, employment, flood prediction, wildfire prevention and infant health. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Revamps Search Design for Mobile Users

This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days

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Google has revamped Search with a redesign that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for.

“The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the result card to help anchor each result so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next,” Jamie Leach, Senior Interaction Designer, Search, Google wrote in blog-post on Wednesday.

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Now when users search for a product or service and Google displays an important advertisement, a highlighted ad label would show on top of the card alongside the web address.

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“This new design allows us to add more action buttons and helpful previews to search result cards, all while giving you a better sense of the web page’s content with clear attribution back to the source,” Leach said.

This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days. (IANS)