Google announces research institute to explore human-AI interaction

Google has announced a new Artificial Intelligence institute research that will support work on the interaction between people and AI like speech, written language, visuals, and gestures. The National AI Research Institute for Human-AI Interaction has been formed in partnership with the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

Google will provide $5 million in funding to help the institute. “We will also offer AI expertise, research collaborations, and Cloud support for Institute researchers and educators as they advance knowledge and progress in the field of AI, ” Google said in a statement.

The research, tools, and techniques from the institute will be developed with human-centered principles in mind such as social benefit, inclusive design, safety and robustness, privacy, and high standards of scientific excellence, consistent with the Google AI Principles.

Google said that research projects will engage a diverse set of experts, educate the next generation, and promote workforce development.

Google said, “In the past few years we’ve seen the increasing use of AI to support people and their decision making in sectors like medicine, education, transportation, and agriculture”.

“People and AI systems shape each other, and in order to realize the full potential of AI for social benefit, positive and productive human-AI interaction and collaboration are critical”.

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