Vitamin Innovation | The earth’s #fitnesstracker
(Note: The pictures show AI-processed maps)
It seems like everything is tracked and measured these days. Order a #pizza,
and you get a notification when it’s put in the oven. Curious about how many times an #NBA
player (any player) dribbles per possession? That information is neatly presented on the league’s #official
is working on tracking something more #ambitious:
Instead of measuring basic heart rate or blood pressure, #DescartesLabs
is applying machine learning to both public and private satellite imagery to determine rates of #deforestation, #forecast
food supplies, identify where new wind #farms
are being constructed, and more.
currently, it houses five #petabytes
(that’s 5 million gigabytes). Every day, Descartes Labs’ #AI
reads and processes nearly five terabytes of new data, including weather readings and the latest imagery from satellites orbiting the #planet.
Analyzing quadrillions of pixels at a time, and comparing it to past data, its fully automated #algorithms
can determine, for example, whether a field is growing corn, or soy, or something else like turnips, as well as how much of it has already sprouted. Infrared readings allow the AI to determine the health of a given crop, too.
Johnson says this allows his team to accurately peer into the #future
of the planet. For example, Descartes Labs AI says it can #predict
the yield of America’s 3 million square kilometers of cornfields with 99% #accuracy.
“What we’re focusing on is making it easy for people from the ' outside #world
' to use the #infrastructure
we’ve built,” he says. “ #ESA and #NASA
are both putting up lots of really interesting Earth observation #satellites
–tons of data is being generated. And that’s not to mention all the potential #sensor
data we’ll be getting from combines, tractors, cars, #boats
, barges, #trains
, grain silo. Everything is being tracked.