Microsoft wants to be a major AI player. Here's its master plan
Microsoft has upped its artificial intelligence game by announcing the formation of a specialist unit that will put its AI to work on projects in healthcare, environment and education.The first such initiative, AI for Earth, will offer tools and services to non-governmental organisations that are tackling issues related to water, agriculture, climate change and biodiversity. Lucas Joppa is heading up the initiative, as chief environmental scientist.
Microsoft has made a $2 million (£1.5 million) commitment to AI computing resources, training opportunities, and partnerships with projects that are innovating in this space over the next fiscal year. Three such projects are already underway, including: land cover mapping to aid precision conservation; smart agriculture using sensors, drones, data and broadband connectivity; and a project that will test the viability of using smart mosquito traps to remotely track and monitor species' health.