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Google Funds 20 Black And Latino Founders Of AI-Powered Companies With $150K Each

Google is awarding Black and Latino startup founders who are disrupting the artificial intelligence (AI) space. The tech giant established the Google for Startups Founders Funds to ensure Black and Latino entrepreneurs receive financial assistance and necessary support to influence multiple sectors. According to information provided to AFROTECH™, each recipient will receive $150,000 in non-dilutive cash awards and $100,000 in Google Cloud credits. Recipients also receive mental health resources and mentorship from Google’s experts across AI and sales. This is Google’s fifth year in funding, and it has allocated more than $50 million t o 570 Black and Latino founders. Moreover, founders who received funding support have later secured more than $590 million in additional investments. Google has unveiled its latest round of recipients, whose work encompasses using AI in preventative wildfires, keeping fast fashion out of landfills, and education. The 2024 Google for Startups cohort...

Jun 25, 2024

Morehouse College Professor Muhsinah Morris To Debut The World's First Reported Fully Spacial AI Teaching Assistants

Once again Morehouse College is bringing innovation to the classroom. As AFROTECH™ previously reported, the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) made history in 2022 for being the first college to offer classes in the metaverse. Less than two years later, it is now poised to disrupt the education landscape for the better through the launch of reportedly the world’s first fully spacial artificial intelligence (AI) teaching assistants. Muhsinah Morris, a senior assistant professor in education and metaversity director at Morehouse College, developed the technology in spring 2021 with the assistance of faculty such as Ovell Hamilton, Ethell Vereen Jr., and Tanya Clark, she mentioned on LinkedIn. She also benefited from a partnership with VictoryXR and received backing from Southern Company, Qualcomm, Meta, Unity, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and T-Mobile. “I am so proud of Morehouse College Metaversity Faculty and MetaHouse Scholars who keep this work going full...

Jun 24, 2024

South Carolina Gamecocks Athlete Raven Johnson Secures NIL Deal With Hair Technology Company Parfait

Women-led hair startup Parfait continues to champion Black women. As AFROTECH™ previously mentioned, Parfait is reportedly the first to integrate facial recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) to provide buyers with customizable wig products. It previously raised $5 million in April 2022, backed by a funding round led by Upfront Ventures and Serena Ventures. “It’s widely understood that facial recognition systems perform less well for women and people of color,” said Parfait Co-Founder Isoken Igbinedion, a former Target and Amazon executive . “Training models used in facial recognition technology are largely unbalanced, often relying on training datasets that are similar in makeup, and do not represent the visual composition of faces worldwide. This often results in poor performance for users who do not fit into that dataset, often represented by white faces and male features.” She continued, “Parfait seeks to be the first to make major progress in improving product and service...

May 30, 2024

Colorado Governor Signs One Of The First US Bills To Regulate AI And Prevent Algorithmic Discrimination

Colorado is taking a stand to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. On May 8, 2024, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 24-205 (SB205), Forbes reports. In the bill’s summary, it wrote that it “requires a developer of a high-risk artificial intelligence system (high-risk system) to use reasonable care to avoid algorithmic discrimination in the high-risk system.” Moreover, the bill described high-risk artificial intelligence systems as any machine-based system that plays a role in consequential decisions being made in education enrollment and education opportunities, employment and employment opportunities, financial and lending services, essential government services, healthcare services, housing, insurance, or legal services. According to Forbes, the bill marks Colorado as the first U.S. state to establish a comprehensive law that not only addresses utilizing AI in employment but also in other critical sectors. On May 17, Governor of Colorado Jared...

May 20, 2024

The Dead Internet Theory Is Just As Scary As It Sounds

If you spend most of your time online, you may have experienced the Dead Internet Theory; a speculative concept suggesting that bots and algorithms generate most internet content, marginalizing genuine human engagement and communication. According to this theory, algorithmic curation dominates the digital landscape, forcing organic human activity to the sidelines. But what’s behind this theory, and how does our growing reliance on artificial intelligence play into it? What Is The Dead Internet Theory? We now exist in an increasingly digital world where the idea of stumbling upon something new and organic fades away, and algorithms predict our every move before we even make it. That’s the essence of Dead Internet Theory. The fun of exploring the internet has already started disappearing as AI learns what we want online, limiting the organic material we can view. A few users on X, formally known as Twitter , are worried that this trend will continue and might lead to the downfall of...

Mar 1, 2024

Exclusive: Project Pat Partners With 2 Black Founders Who Are On A Quest To Amplify The Artists Behind The Viral Remixes You Hear On Social Media

A new platform has emerged to refine the relationship between artists and their fans. Co-founders Darin Stewart (CEO) and Marleisse Stephens (CMO) are the visionaries of Happy Monday, a remix platform driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and their respective creative agencies. The goal is to keep the power in the hands of artists by enabling them to profit from their songs while also granting users the freedom to create various versions of the songs.

Jan 12, 2024

Will.i.am Set To Launch A SiriusXM Show Focused On AI Innovation To Educate The Public About The Technology

will.i.am has plans to start the new year off with diving deeper into his interest in technology.

Dec 14, 2023

Cardi B Responds To AI-Generated Video Exploiting Her Likeness — 'Another Lawsuit That Fell Right On My Lap…I Love Easy Money'

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has caught the attention of Cardi B, and not for the right reasons.

Nov 22, 2023

AFROTECH Conference 2023: ServiceNow's Karen Pavlin Breaks Down How To Make AI Your Moment To Thrive

The conversation around artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on society has been the talk of the town lately, and one woman is here to ensure that the Black community is able to reap the benefits.

Nov 15, 2023

With The Rise Of AI, 4.5 Million Jobs Performed By Black Americans Could Be Disrupted By 2030, Report Says

As there is already a lesser amount of Black professionals compared to their counterparts across industries, it may come as no surprise that they are feeling apprehensive about the trend of artificial intelligence (AI).

Nov 8, 2023

Black-Led Pocstock Raises $500K In A Seed Funding Round

Pocstock, a global diversity content company, has successfully raised funds to further tap into artificial intelligence (AI).

Oct 27, 2023

How To Use AI To Build The Perfect Resume To Win The Job

The intent of crafting a resume is to secure job placement. It is important to be mindful of how you are presenting your work history and achievements. Thankfully, the advancements of technology are making it easier on job seekers to present winning resumes to recruiters. If used properly, artificial intelligence can be your friend in this, and it can guide your resume in the right direction. Maceo Owens, senior program manager of Employee Research Groups at Opentable and KAYAK, weighs in on three ways ChatGPT can bolster your resume.

Sep 6, 2023

'I Think AI Is Demonic' — Ice Cube Threatens To Sue Anyone Who Uses His Voice To Make AI-Generated Music

Ice Cube has made it known that he’s not one of the artists to mess with when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI).

May 22, 2023

Timbaland Will No Longer Release Controversial AI-Generated Notorious B.I.G. Track Without Estate's Permission

Love it or hate it, artificial intelligence is here to stay and Timbaland appears to be one of the frontrunners embracing the technology.

May 16, 2023

Timbaland Met With Mixed Reactions Following AI-Generated Song Collaboration With The Late Notorious B.I.G.

Fans are not too keen on Timbaland’s latest use of artificial intelligence (AI).

May 5, 2023