The CIA Has Teamed up With Amazon To Monitor You From Space

The company that controls most of the Earth-facing image-capturing satellites has a bold new plan to use artificial intelligence to track changes around the world — from traffic to construction to new park benches— and they’re collaborating with the CIA to pull it off. On Thursday, satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe announced they have joined forces with Amazon, chipmaker Nvidia, and the CIA’s venture arm CosmiQ Works to create SpaceNet, a new initiative with a goal of creating artificial intelligence that can read and interpret images of the Earth. Most of the images of the Earth available on Google Maps came from DigitalGlobe’s four satellites. But when you look at your backyard on Google, you only get a hint of the high-resolution imagery that the company produces, as they save the good stuff for paying customers or partners.…


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