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Tech giant Microsoft has pledged $50 million for its AI for Earth initiative which aims to equip environmental protectionists with artificial intelligence (AI) technology and knowhow. Lucas N. Joppa – the company’s chief environment scientist – is running the program and, in this Nature article, shares insights on how AI tools could help assess and solve environmental issues, giving examples of where they do so already. His sunny view of technology as an agent for sustainability is infectious. getAbstract appreciates the ray of light shining through the fog of gloomy environmental news and recommends the article to the heirs of twenty-first-century environmental degradation.
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Lucas N. Joppa is Microsoft’s chief environment scientist and head of its AI for Earth program. He develops computational techniques for solving environmental issues.