Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a new program called AI for Earth which uses the power of AI to solve global environmental challenges. AI for Earth offers non-governmental organisations and other groups access to AI tools and services and technical support to enable them to more efficiently and effectively tackle issues related to water, agriculture, climate change and biodiversity.
As the world’s government, civic and business leaders are coming together in Paris to discuss about Paris climate accord, Microsoft is today announcing the expansion of their AI for Earth program. Microsoft will invest $50 million over the next five years in this program.
“At Microsoft, we believe AI for Earth will be a force multiplier for groups and individuals like these who are creating sustainable solutions. That’s why we’re not just putting more resources into this effort, but also coupling this with a long-term commitment to applying AI to grow and scale in four key areas – climate, water, agriculture and biodiversity,” wrote Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer
Microsoft will expand seed grants around the world to create and test new AI applications. Microsoft is also planning to offer universities, nongovernmental organizations and others with advanced training to put AI to its best use. As these projects mature over time, Microsoft will identify the projects that show the most promise and make larger investments. They will also help them commercialize these services to have global impact.
Learn more about this announcement here.