Artificial intelligence and satellite data could change the way we map global poverty

The world from space at night. Image: NASA By Miriam Kramer2016-08-18 18:11:07 UTC Satellites staring down at Earth can see a lot from their posts in space. Powerful eyes in the sky can pick out homes, natural formations, the pyramids and even small cars driving on roads. And now, scientists are using the wealth of data collected by these satellites to solve major problems on Earth. A new study published in the journal Science this week uses machine learning — a type of artificial intelligence that lets computer algorithms change when given new data — coupled with satellite imagery to map poverty in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi. This new technique could help revolutionize the way groups find impoverished areas and eventually get relief to people living in those…


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