Google commits €25 million to AI education in Europe to bridge knowledge gaps.

Google has pledged 25 million euros ($26.98 million) to support AI education initiatives in Europe, aiming to empower individuals with the skills to effectively use artificial intelligence. The tech giant announced the funding on Monday and has opened applications for social enterprises and nonprofits that can assist in reaching individuals who are most likely to benefit from AI training.

As part of the initiative, Google will conduct “growth academies” to provide support for companies utilizing AI to scale their operations. Additionally, the company has expanded its offering of free online AI training courses to 18 languages, making the resources more accessible to a broader audience.

Adrian Brown, the executive director of the Centre for Public Impact, which is partnering with Google on the nonprofit scheme, emphasized the importance of addressing potential inequalities that could arise from the benefits of AI. He stated, “Research shows that the benefits of AI could exacerbate existing inequalities — especially in terms of economic security and employment. This new program will help people across Europe develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence around AI, ensuring that no one is left behind.”

Google’s commitment to AI education in Europe aligns with its broader initiatives in the region. Last month, the tech giant announced a $1 billion investment in building a data center just outside London, responding to the increasing demand for internet services in the area. The data center, located in Waltham Cross, is expected to play a crucial role in supporting Google’s infrastructure and services in the region.