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A team of engineers and scientists from the American University of Beirut this week were awarded $1 million by Google to launch a project that will use artificial intelligence technology to address some of the pressing issues around water use in the region's agricultural sector.The AUB project aims to use artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of irrigation systems, reducing water and energy waste and farmers' costs.The AUB project was one of 20 winning proposals from institutions around the world -- out of more than 2,600 applications from 119 countries -- announced Wednesday as part of Google's AI Impact Challenge. The AUB team will implement its project over three years, beginning in Lebanon, but with potential to expand throughout the Middle East and beyond, Jaafar said.
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