Google on Wednesday announced a $5 million grant and partnership with the US National Science Foundation to create a National AI Research Institute for Human-AI Interaction and Collaboration. Beyond funding the initiative, Google also said it will provide expertise in the field of artificial intelligence, collaborate on research and offer cloud computing support for researchers and educators working with the program.
In the blog post announcing the partnership, Google says studies have suggested that AI systems and humans working together make better decisions than either of them acting alone. "People and AI systems shape each other," reads the post, "and in order to realize the full potential of AI for social benefit, positive and productive human-AI interaction and collaboration is critical."
This also comes at a time of, as the two countries race to develop cutting-edge AI.