Can AI help protect the earth?

I recently read a GreenBiz article by Erin Biba about how AI is helping to advance environmental science in a new field called “computational sustainability”. The idea is that combining the massive amounts of information and data generated about the earth with a computer’s ability to learn and discover patterns will help scientists and policy-makers develop better plans for a more sustainable future.

It couldn’t come at a better time as the growing human impact on our natural world is galvanizing nations, organizations and citizens to come together to protect the environment for future generations. It’s not an easy challenge since the relevant information is often siloed and decision makers are reluctant to act without a high degree of certainty. Despite these challenges, cognitive technology is paving the way forward for better conservation of natural resources, earlier pollution detection, greener choices for consumers, and learning from nature’s ecosystems.

Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse April 2017

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