Google opens artificial intelligence research lab in Bengaluru

NEW DELHI: Google has a artificial intelligence (AI) research lab in Bangalore to tackle big problems, the technology giant announced on Thursday during its fifth edition of Google for India event.

Other key announcements at the landmark event were the partnership with BSNL to provide fast, reliable and secure public WLAN for villages in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bihar, and with the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) for their Skill India program to get started to enable easily searchable jobs online.

According to Google, the lab will be led by Manish Gupta, a SEM (Society for Experimental Mechanics) fellow. Director of the Harvard Center for Computation and Society, professor Milind Tambe, wants to serve as director of AI for social good.

Professor Tambe will set up an AI research program to address major issues in areas such as healthcare, agriculture and education, the company said.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: Digital India has a very good reputation trillion dollar digital economy.

So Google has reaffirmed its focus on Indic languages ​​by expanding its language support. Hindi has become the second-most used language assistant globally - after English, said Manuel Bronstein, vice president, product management, Google. He added that Google Assistant will now be available in nine Indian languages: Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu. The feature will be available on all Android, Android Go and KaiOs devices.

Talking about Bolo, a speech-based app that helps children learn to read, Google launched in March 2019, Sapna Chadha, director of marketing, Southeast Asia u0026 India, said, Bolo has already helped 800,000 young indians read stories more than three million times, and speak half a billion words.

Bolo was already available in Indian and Hindi languages ​​- Bangla, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Google has partnered with publishers like Chota Bheem and Katha Kids to provide more indic-languages ​​content.

Caesar Sengupta, vice president, Next Billion Users Initiative and Payments, said the new jobs effort is helping people prepare for jobs and connect. Jobs wants to be available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The internet giant is highlighted Google Pay's contribution in supporting India's digital payments ecosystem, and building platforms for economic opportunity. Ambarish Kenghe, director, product management, Google Pay said, With BHIM UPI crossing 900 million dollars, India is setting the global standard on how to digitize payments. In the last 12 months alone, Google Pay has grown to reach 67 million monthly active users, driving over $ 110 billion on an annualized basis, with hundreds of thousands of offline and online merchants.

He announced the launch of tokenized cards for a secure way of paying for things using a digital token on your phone rather than your actual card number. Tokenised cards on Google Pay will be rolled out in the next few months with HDFC, Axis, Kotak and Standard Chartered banks and support to cover cards MasterCard and Rupay and more banks in the coming months.