Microsoft unveils project to useAI for humanitarian causes

Tech giant Microsoft Monday announced a USD 40 million (about Rs 290 crore) programme that will focus on using artificial intelligence (AI) to help in disaster recovery and protecting refugees, among other humanitarian causes.

The five-year initiative will see AI also being harnessed for addressing the needs of children and promoting respect for human rights, Microsoft President Brad Smith said.

He added that Microsoft’s ‘AI for Humanitarian Action’ programme is part of its ‘AI for Good suite’ — a USD 115-million commitment to work for solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges using artificial intelligence.

“We believe that technology, like AI combined with cloud technology, can be a game changer, helping save more lives, alleviate suffering and restore human dignity by changing the way frontline relief organisations anticipate, predict and better target response efforts,” Smith said in a blogpost.PTI

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