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Zuckerberg And Chan Have Pledged $500 Million To Create An AI Institute At Harvard

According to a spokesperson for the organization, the company that runs the philanthropy of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, his wife is investing up to $3.4 billion to advance human health over 10 to 15 years. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, or CZI, was announced Tuesday, December 7. Its new effort aims to “observe, measure, and analyze any biological process throughout the human body – across spatial scales and in real-time.”


The philanthropy said in its announcement that it would focus its science work over the next ten years on developing new research, institutes and technologies that can help its mission. Jeff MacGregor, a CZI spokesperson, said $500 million would be given to establishing an institute at Harvard University that focuses on artificial intelligence. The institute will get the funding over the next 15 years, will be named after Karen Kempner Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg’s mother.


MacGregor said $600 to 900 million would go towards a new biomedical imaging institute at CZI. Another $1 billion will be given to the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Network, a new initiative that seeks to bring together scientific institutions to pursue ‘grand scientific challenges.’