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Gates Foundation commits $5M to AI projects in developing countries

08/11/2023 - 03:34

Grants totaling $5 million have been given to creators of AI-based applications by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

According to Forbes USA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has chosen 48 finalists for awards totaling $5 million to create AI-based products that address issues in low- and middle-income nations.

The charity said that each initiative will receive $100,000. Among the recipients are projects from Pakistan, Vietnam, Brazil, Uganda, and other nations. 

A ChatGPT-based chatbot that will enable medical practitioners to produce and manage electronic medical records is being developed by researchers in Pakistan. 

A ChatGPT-based application that will enable farmers to get information on agricultural diseases in the Luganda language will be developed in Uganda.

A researcher in Vietnam is developing a bot that speaks Vietnamese and will offer guidance to locals impacted by saltwater intrusion into the Mekong Delta. 

A nonprofit organization in Brazil plans to create a Large Language Model (LLM)-based bot that psychologists and attorneys may use to assist women who are victims of gender-based abuse. 

The recipients of the grants have three months to complete their tasks.

Forbes USA notes that the vast majority of large enterprises that use artificial intelligence are based in the global North. The Gates Foundation's effort aims to promote the growth of generative AI globally so that people can take use of the technology.