Microsoft, which is among the biggest names when it comes to the world of technology, has been working on an AI based program called ‘AI for Earth’ for some time now. The AI for Earth project aims at solving some complex environmental issues using Artificial Intelligence. This project had been started by Microsoft last year, in the July of 2017. The company had initially started this with a $2 Million fund.
However, it appears that the company is showing great faith in the way Artificial Intelligence can be used to tackle environmental issues as a $50 Million pledge has been made. These $50 Million will be utilized over the course of the next five years. The AI for Earth initiative reportedly allows researchers and organizations working on environmental issues with access to cloud services and AI computing resources from Microsoft.
The initiative is basically aimed at those researchers and organizations which are working towards issues related to water, agriculture, biodiversity and climate change. Microsoft says that they understand that bringing about a change in the world needs innovations and innovations often need technologies, which cost a lot. By providing their cloud services and AI resources, Microsoft wants to make things easier for these researchers.
“We are excited by the potential of putting artificial intelligence in the hands of researchers and organizations to drive new data insights that will help solve important issues related to water, agriculture, biodiversity and climate change,” the company said in a statement.
Interestingly, perhaps another motive that Microsoft has with this AI for Earth initiative is to democratize Artificial Intelligence. With AI resources being made available to community of developers, consumers, as well as pretty much anyone who wants to access them for a good cause, Microsoft has given a major blow to those companies who were charging for similar services.
The impact of AI for Earth is not likely to be immediate, but in the long run, as more and more environment researchers make use of the resources provided by them, it is likely to have a major impact. AI as a technology has been around for a while but only in the past few years has it’s actual potential been realized.