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Google commits $1 billion in grants to train U.S. workers for high-tech jobs

Google commits $1 billion in grants to train U.S. workers for high-tech jobs
From TechCrunch - October 12, 2017

The nature of work is changing on a global level at a rapid pace. Sure, its not the first time work has been dramatically impacted by technology, but the growth of automation, robotics, AI and the like have the potential to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. And Google will almost certainly be one of the driving forces behind that transformation.

The search giant has regularly expressed a desire to help stem some of that negative impact, and now its putting its money where its mouth is to the tune of $1 billion. CEO Sundar Pichai announcedGrow with Google at an event earlier today in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the next five years, the initiative will commit $1 billion to nonprofits aimed at training American workers and helping build business.

The location of the event will not be lost on anyone who has followed Pittsburghs growth over the last few decades. The Steel City has long served as an ideal example of an economy thats rebounded from the brink of disaster. In Pittsburghs case, technology was a primary driver, thanks to Carnegie Mellon, which has helped transform it from post-Rust Belt depression to one of the countrys leading tech hubs. These days, the walls of Pittsburghs former factories house cutting-edge innovations in fields like robotics and autonomous driving.

Pichai noted in his address that the city also holds special meaning for him. It was the first city I saw in America when I came here 24 years ago, he explained. I was here before the internet really took off, but the city was already changing.The number of high-tech jobs had doubled.

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