Cambridge: AI Might Help Us Avoid “Environmental Catastrophe”

Data Collectors From images taken by satellites to measurements recorded by increasingly sensitive sensors, we now have more data about our environment than ever before. But we’re not yet at the point where we can effectively make use of all this information, according to Simon Redfern, Head of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences. “Such huge datasets pose their own challenges… and new methods need to be developed to tap their potential and to use this information to guide our path away from environmental catastrophe,” Redfern said in a press release about the university’s efforts to confront threats to the environment using artificial intelligence. Challenges Ahead Cambridge announced on Thursday that it would be launching a new center focused on developing ways use AI to address environmental risks. Redfern will serve as the head of Cambridge’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Application of Artificial Intelligence to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER), which will share a total of $260 million in funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with 15 other newly announced AI-focused CDTs. Half the Battle According to UKRI’s funding announcement , AI4ER will focus on the development of “new methods to exploit AI’s […]

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