Google announces $25m AI grant winners

Written by Hannah McGrath

Google has announced the 20 companies that will share in its $25 million Google AI impact challenge prize pot.

The grant money will be shared among the organisations which have demonstrated use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to make a positive impact on wider society.

The winners of the Google AI impact challenge will receive consulting from Google Cloud, mentoring from Google AI experts and the opportunity to join a customised accelerator program from Google Developers Launchpad.

UK-based fact-checking website Full Fact has been selected to receive a grant to further expand its service. The independent charity, founded in 2009, has been working to counter the rising tide of disinformation and fake news online.

The company said that it would use the funding over the course of the next three years to roll out AI technologies to improve and scale its global factchecking efforts.

It added that it would continue to help media outlets, civil society, platforms and public policy makers worldwide understand how AI can help people decide what information to trust, and bring the benefit of automated factchecking tools.