Using Open Source AI To Map Global Pollution Through Imagery

Most of the attention paid to the rise of deep learning has been to its commercial applications, revolutionizing commerce and even creating entirely new industries.

Yet when it comes to the societal impact of AI one area that has tremendous potential is the use of deep learning for social good issues, from estimating natural disaster damage to mapping illegal fishing. Given rising concern about humanity’s impact on the planet, could AI help shed more light on the ways in which societies affect the natural world, such as automatically mapping the vast amounts of litter and illegally dumped waste that increasingly pollute the planet we call home?

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