Microsoft today pledged $50 million over five years for an initiative to use artificial intelligence to tackle the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith will detail the company’s commitment to the program, known as AI for Earth, at the One Planet Summit in Paris later today. Started earlier this year, AI for Earth aims to put Microsoft’s vast AI resources in the hands of universities, non-governmental organizations and other groups to help solve issues related to climate change, water, agriculture, biodiversity and more.
Microsoft’s new $50 million pledge represents a big step up from the $2 million commitment it made for the year following the initial announcement of the project. In the first six months of the program, Microsoft has awarded 35 grants in 10 countries for access to Microsoft Azure and AI technology.
Through AI for Earth, Microsoft plans to award seed grants to non-governmental organizations …