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Microsoft Invests Additional $50 Million Into 'AI For Earth' Program

By Brian Spaen

Back in July, Microsoft launched the AI for Earth program that would focus on using artificial intelligence to advance sustainability around the world.  Even better, this Monday, they announced that they'll be investing an additional $50 million over the next five years into the project. More specifically, the money will go toward providing this AI technology to upcoming companies.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, made the announcement at the One Climate Summit in Paris. In addition to further investment, they’ll be partnering with corporations as soon as possible. This isn't the only step forward they've made when it comes to the environment lately, either. For example, this news comes one month after stating that they would be cutting down on 75 percent of their own carbon emissions by 2030.

AI for Earth began with a $2 million investment from Microsoft and was used to give companies and universities grants and free use of their artificial intelligence software and Azure cloud computing. They awarded 35 grants in 10 different countries, and AI technology has already been used in products that help improve climate change, water usage, and more.