Is Microsoft AI For Earth Going To Save The World?
In mid-July, Microsoft announced a programme called ‘AI For Earth’ at an event in London. The programme is based on the ambitious goal of making better use of artificial intelligence throughout the world in order to protect the Earth and encourage innovation. Next year, the company is going to invest two million US dollars (approx. RM8.41 million) in order to provide researchers and NGOs with the tools and resources they normally don’t have access to. The programme is going to focus on agriculture, water supplies, biodiversity and climate change.
According to Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, these domains involve ‘‘the biggest challenges of our time” and the cloud is set to play a central role in the endeavor. Three projects are already in the works, including smart agriculture that is supported by drones and broadband connections, as well as clever mosquito traps that are supposed to prevent epidemics by detecting disease agents in the insects.
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Human society is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. Microsoft has world-leading capabilities in AI—from data to algorithms to infrastructure—as well as the scope and influence needed to address these challenges.
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