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Intelligence and The Environment
Edited by Cindy
Announcing a New AI Book on Sustainability By
60 Pioneering Scientists
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We need to build a more sustainable human presence on the planet
and AI can help.
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"The book can be used to speed up design of tech solutions by
re-using, recycling and adapting the ideas you see here."
Cindy Mason, Editor
The book is crammed with details of pioneering AI Systems for
16 Environmental Projects You Cannot Forget.
EXPLORE the hybrid systems that tackle hard problems with every AI
trick in the book, and then some.
DISCOVER How AI is ALREADY
HELPING. Learn about these systems, ReUSE
them, Improve them. There's no time to start
over. GOOD LUCK!
Part I: Boots on the Ground
Part II: Data,
|1. Fire Fighting
||10. Assembling Satellite Data
|Classroom Connections at the end of
|2. Flood Prediction
||11. Forest Ecosystem Modelling
|every chapter show key ideas of the
|3. Sewage and Pollution
||12. Weather Bulletins
|environmental projects and the AI
|4. Sustainable Forests
||13. Weather Forecasting
|system that addresses it. While
|5. Water Pollution
||14. Sharing Digital Resources
|a technical book, details of the
|6. Toxic Algae Blooms
||15. Biodiversity Cataloging
|problems and the Q&A at the end of each
|7. Recycling and Resources
|16. Plant Physiology and Climage
|creates eye opening material
|8. Arguments and Decisions
|communities, educators and decision makers.
|9. Monitoring Nuclear Tests
Nutshell - a 'Cliff Notes' view of the
book with short descriptions of the chapters. Each of the 16
chapters has an AI blueprint for solving an environmental
problem. It is a stealth collection of solutions
that whispers to anyone who cares for this earth.
Foreward by Tierney Thys,
National Geographic Explorer*, Marine Biologist, Educator
and Founder of oceansunfish.org
Introduction by Cindy Mason
AI Researcher, Pioneered first US and international
workshops on AI and Environment/Sustainability.**
"Created by a global community of
scientists, AI researchers and engineers, Artificial
Intelligence and The Environment, is an AI
inspiration for educators, scientists, administrators and
engineers working to create a sustainable
Tim Foresman, Former Chief Environmental Scientist,
"The book shows what
environmental hackers, AI pioneers and data can teach us about
solving Environmental problems."
Curt Hall, Senior Advisor, Cutter Consortium
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More About the Book:
Artificial Intelligence and The Environment
presents some of the first AI hacks on environmental problems. These
AI solutions have existed for a long time, but are only revealed to
the public now. The server containing these chapters
crashed, losing all the work and then, the U.S. dropped the ball on
funding. The work has been painstakingly recreated.
Each chapter of the book presents an AI solution for a
different environmental problem, from firefighting to algae bloom
predictions to tools for global cooperation. The solutions are
multi-disciplinary and many of the AI systems are hybrid solutions -
combining many different kinds of AI together with numerical
computing. When you see the ways AI can be used to
solve complex environmental problems you will have new hope for
human kind's ability to sustain the earth for generations. The
book demonstrates that AI is an essential part of Darwin’s next
generation and paints a picture of how our human relationship to
technology is evolving. The core message of the book is that
AI provides a hopeful future in solving environmental problems.
Students at UC Santa Cruz who reviewed early versions of the book
requested that each chapter have a Q & A because they wanted to
study from the book. So if you want to deepen your
understanding of the key ideas you will find this in the
Q&A section at the end of each chapter. Together, all the
Q&A's create an uber tour through tech-fueled solutions to the
environmental problems we are living with today. The
book is a future manifesto that is a way of thinking about how to
solve difficult problems. Administrators, decision makers and
engineers can use the ideas in the book to modify or springboard
solutions to similar problems.
To deal with environmental problems, you need every AI trick in the
book. Creating solutions for immense scale problems, sometimes
global views are needed. Cataloging for biodiversity
means connecting all kinds of media from field notes and species
samples to large scale graphic data bases and simulations.
Forestry management uses not only simulations but hydro, geo, and
other kinds of maps plus satellite and ground data.
Sometimes the solution to a problem involves creating an
ontology, a computer representation of meaning, across all the
scales and types of media. In other cases, machine
learning and case based reasoning are needed together with numerical
simulations and scientists all working together. To
create wide ranging views of earth, we need smart user interfaces
that can help us find and integrate many kinds of satellite maps and
images. The book is crammed full of AI blueprints,
tools and hybrid systems descriptions. If you're
interested in AI or curious how AI can help solve environmental
problems, this book is a good place to start.
“Packed full of ideas you will have a hard time getting out of your
head and that you will want to share with those around you, this
important book documents the huge change we have seen over the past
two decades with the advances in technology, telecommunication and
how they have impacted our lives…and it prepares you, the reader,
for the second and third acts to come.” Gemma Craven,
Interesting Links: The Pioneering Communities that began work
on AI and Sustainability
**The First AAAI Workshop on AI
and the Environment (U.S.)
**The First IJCAI Workshop on
AI and the Environment (International)
First ECAI Workshop on AI and the Environment (E.U.)
Hodgkins. Earth Heroes:
Champions of the Ocean. Dawn Publications.
pp. 123–. ISBN 978-1-58469-469-4.
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