Google has recently announced a €25 million investment plan to develop artificial intelligence skills and training across Europe. The initiative, aimed at underserved and vulnerable communities, is an important step towards bridging the technology gap and providing access to AI education for all.
The funding will be available across the continent, with an initial allocation of €10 million set aside specifically to improve workers’ AI skills. This move not only aims to equip individuals with the necessary skills for a thriving digital economy but also to break down linguistic and cultural barriers that often prevent equitable access to educational resources.
As part of this initiative, Google is expanding free online training sessions on basic AI into more languages. This expansion aims to make these sessions accessible to individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of their language or cultural heritage. By doing so, Google is taking an active role in ensuring that everyone has equal access to the benefits of AI technology.
Matt Brittin, Google’s president for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), highlighted the importance of making AI built by and accessible to all in order to ensure that it brings widespread benefits. “Supporting people and countries to seize the opportunity presented by this technology is one of our primary objectives,” said Brittin in a blog post. He emphasized how Europe can lead the way in using AI responsibly and ethically to create a strong and fair economy for everyone.