Yes, IBM will blend tech expertise with social good.

IBM announced its new program Science for Social Good, in which the tech titan will invest IBM researchers with postdoctoral academic fellows and nonprofits to tackle social issues using data.

IBM state it has already 12 programs planned for 2017 and each Science for Social Good project reflects one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the United Nations for the globe’s biggest issues, inequalities, and threats by the end of 2030.

The Science for Social Good subjects address problems like enhancing emergency aid and fighting the ongoing opioid crisis – all while employing artificial intelligence, data science, and analytics to analyze and develop viable solutions. The projects selected for 2017 will address topics such as new disease prediction, encourage innovation, reduce illiteracy and world hunger, and aid people out of poverty.

One of IBM’s Science for Social Good projects is named “Overcoming Illiteracy,” which will employ AI to enable illiterate or low-literate individuals to navigate the information-rich world without fear. The projects seek to decode difficult texts, squeeze out their key message, and lay it out for users through visuals and easily spoken messages. Even though such a project doesn’t reduce or eliminate the global illiteracy problem, it helps people with low-literacy to interact with text without anybody’s help.

Six experimental projects were launched in 2016 to test and better develop the Science for Social Good program. These pilot projects covered topics like health care, worldwide innovation, and humanitarian relief.

Want to read more about Science for Social Good’s past and current projects? Look no further than here.

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