Welcome to the roaring 2020s, the artificial intelligence decade

Perhaps that’s why I’m so fascinated by the intersection of artificial intelligence and sustainability: the applications being made possible by breakthroughs in machine learning, image recognition, analytics and sensors are profoundly practical.

In many instances, the combination of these technologies completely could transform familiar systems and approaches used by the environmental and sustainability communities, making them far smarter with far less human intervention.

Except what researcher has the time or bandwidth to analyze thousands, let alone millions, of images? Enter systems such as Wildlife Insights, a collaboration between Google Earth and seven organizations, led by Conservation International.

Second, we must view these systems as part of the overall solution, not replacements for human workers.

As IBM’s vice president of AI research, Sriram Raghavan, puts it: “New research from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab shows that AI will increasingly help us with tasks such as scheduling, but will have a less direct impact on jobs that require skills such as design expertise and industrial strategy. Expect workers in 2020 to begin seeing these effects as AI makes its way into workplaces around the world; employers have to start adapting job roles, while employees should focus on expanding their skills.”

Where will AI-enabled applications really make a difference for environmental and corporate sustainability? Here are five areas where I believe AI will have an especially dramatic impact over the next decade.

The intelligence behind the system comes from Taranis, which uses AI to monitor and analyze aerial imagery.

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Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres has been abandoned.

“The important thing then was to understand the extent of the contamination – to draw the first maps of the exclusion zone.”

In a forgotten, outer portion of the exclusion zone, people were quietly allowed to return home a few months after the disaster.

Strict rules govern this officially contaminated district; exclusion zone land must not be cultivated to produce food and it cannot be developed.

That could be about to change, as Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the exclusion zone.

‘Tell people Chernobyl is not such a horrible place’The town of Chernobyl itself – somewhat confusingly much further from the power plant than Pripyat – is in a less contaminated area.

‘We have forgotten that we are Chernobyl people’Gennady’s 33 years working in the exclusion zone might have been leading up to one meeting at the end of this week.

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