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San Francisco, 30 October : Google has pledged $25 million to launch projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to find solutions for various societal problems.

Google said the grant will be used to fund the “AI Impact Challenge” contest, which is part of its “AI for Social Good” programme dedicated to “addressing some of society’s biggest unsolved challenges”.

“We’ll help selected organisations bring their proposals to life with coaching from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25 million pool, and credits and consulting from Google Cloud,” Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow and SVP, Google AI, said in a blog post late Monday.

Grantees will also join a specialised “Launchpad Accelerator” programme.

The California-based tech giant is making a “global call for nonprofits, academics, and social enterprises from around the world to submit proposals on how they could use AI to help address some of the world’s greatest social, humanitarian and environmental problems.”

“In spring of 2019, an international panel of experts, who work in computer science and the social sector, will help us choose the top proposals,” Google said.

Google said applicants don’t have to be an AI expert and it has worked out an educational guide to help them identify most suitable projects that have significant social impact.

The company said it has been working on AI technology over the past years to roll out projects with positive societal impact, such as forecasting floods, protecting whales, and predicting famine.

It said its AI technology makes it possible to scan 100,000 hours of audio recorded in the Pacific to identify whale sounds for better protection of humpback whales and other endangered species.

Google noted that its deep learning technology has played a key role over the past few years in advancing wildlife conservation, employment, flood prediction, wildfire prevention and infant health.

“We’re excited to see what new ideas nonprofits, developers and social entrepreneurs from across the world come up with-and we’re looking forward to supporting them as best we can,” said Jacquelline Fuller, VP, Google and President, Google.org.

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Clean chit to Fadnavis overturned, SC orders probe

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New Delhi, 1 Oct : In a major setback to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a Bombay High Court order that prevented the trial court from examining a poll-related complaint against him.

The apex court has set aside concurrent clean chit by trial court and Bombay High Court to Fadnavis on filing false election affidavit allegedly not disclosing two criminal cases pending against him. The apex court has allowed the trial court to examine if he concealed criminal cases in the nomination papers filed.

A complaint was filed by Satish Ukey against Fadanvis in the magistrate’s court seeking his prosecution for not disclosing all the details of pending criminal cases. The case was quashed by the High Court. Then, the petitioner filed the appeal in the apex court. With the top court allowing the appeal, the complaint will be revived before the magistrate’s court as per procedure. Although, this direction will have no bearing upon the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

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