Google has announced a $3 million USD (about $3.9 million CAD) investment in Montreal-based AI research institute Mila.
In 2016, Google also began investing $4.5 million USD (about $5.9 million CAD) in Mila over a three-year-period.
Google specifically praised Mila for its ongoing COVID-19 related projects, with ones of its biggest, LambdaZero, actually being partially funded by the tech giant. According to Google, these AI efforts allow researchers to quickly and virtually test millions of molecules in an effort to render viruses inoperative.
Mila also applies its AI to climate change visualization and self-driving cars, among other endeavours, while collaborating with other organizations through the OECD Global Partnership on AI.
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