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Source: SiecleDigital as of 16-04-2020

Once again, Microsoft proves its commitment to the environment with the launch of Planetary Computer.

Microsoft is committed to the environment with Planetary Computer, its new project based on artificial intelligence. Through Machine Learning and Big Data, it will collect and analyze large volumes of environmental data in order to better identify and understand the ecological challenges we will face in the future..

Planetary Computer, a concentrate of Machine Learning and Big Data

With Planetary Computer, Microsoft is embarking on a new initiative to protect the environment. First, the objective of this artificial intelligence will be to collect large volumes of environmental data from several official and global sources. Subsequently, this data will be analyzed and processed,including using Machine Learning, in order to understand and anticipate the major ecological challenges we will face.  Finally, this technology should provide the scientific community with concrete solutions to establish sustainable development plans.

In an article on Microsoft’s blog, BradSmith, president of the company,detailed some concrete examples of what the Planetary Computer will accomplish in the future.. This artificial intelligence can, for example, make predictions about water use for agricultural planning or provide biologists with valuable information about the natural habitat of animal species in order to support their conservation efforts. It will also provide comprehensive data on the state of forests in real time in order to ensure, again, the preservation of forests. 

New technologies for environmental causes

Large companies have an important role to play in responding to current and future environmental challenges. While Microsoft seems to have understood this well with its Planetary Computer and its ambition to aim for  a  negative  carbon  footprint as early as  2030, it is fortunately not the only organization to embrace this responsibility.

Hypergiant, for example, has created  a bioreactor  that would be  400  times more efficient  than   trees  to store CO2. For its part, JCDecaux France  has fully deferred to renewable energies and  achieved its environmental objectives with gusto. Also, Adidas aims to  use  only  recycled  plastic  fabrics   by 2024 and Jeff Bezos, amazon boss, has also opened a $10 billion fund for the planet.

The UK, for its part,has acquired the  world’s fastest  climate supercomputer with  the aim of better understanding the consequences of climate change and in 2019, an artificial intelligence has been born capable of identifying polluting farms. . These are all initiatives that prove that large companies understand the environmental issues we face and demonstrate that new technologies are key cards that must be played to contribute to the preservation of the environment.

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