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Did you know?! Fun Hack Fact Friday

Did you know?!

In addition to the good Microsoft Azure AI is doing to promote urban fire detection capabilities, there is so much more it can do to make the world a better place!

Take a look at the four areas AI for Good is unlocking solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges:

  • Disaster response. It seems that no corner of the planet is immune to the devastating consequences of natural disasters, whether they be fires, drought or storms. Artificial intelligence and data modeling hold huge promise for forecasting and detecting early signs of coming disasters, and also can help responders better target their aid. AI technologies like machine vision can quickly analyze images of roads damaged or destroyed by an event, making way for a faster and safer response. In a new partnership with the World Bank, United Nations and partners from the tech industry, relief organizations will be better able to predict when and where future famines will occur so aid can arrive earlier, potentially saving more lives.
  • Needs of children. We believe AI can equip NGOs and organizations with better tools to protect the world’s most vulnerable population: children. Human trafficking, for instance, is one of the world largest criminal industries, ensnaring millions of children each year.  Already we are using predictive analytics and bot frameworks to target both the supply and demand underpinning human trafficking – ultimately disrupting criminals and bringing relief to victims around the world.
  • Refugees and displaced people. The number of refugees and displaced people in the world are at a record high, and this is a seminal challenge of our generation. AI and machine learning have the potential to improve the lives of approximately 68 million displaced people in the world, 28 million of whom are refugees. AI can help optimize the delivery of aid, supplies and services to refugees and can scale NGOs’ efforts to communicate and understand displaced peoples’ needs. Microsoft is working already with the Norwegian Refugee Council, NetHope and University College Dublin to develop a chatbot using AI technologies, such as language understanding, machine translation and speech recognition to intelligently assist displaced youth to connect them with free, high-quality educational resources. Using chatbots like this could also provide a model for aid workers in the field. It could help these workers communicate with displaced people who speak different languages and who need specific core services like access to food, health care and shelter.
  • Human rights. We will collaborate with NGOs and humanitarian organizations to accelerate breakthrough solutions to help monitor, detect and prevent human rights abuses. Deep learning has created the ability to better predict, analyze and respond to critical human rights situations. Utilizing AI-powered speech translation, people can connect with pro bono lawyers who are protecting people’s human rights.

Your software for the FireDrone.AI hackathon will help take a step in the right direction through using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning or Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services that enables drones to detect urban fires from a street level view by using a simulated environment.

To read the full blog post regarding the how AI is being used to save lives, click here.

Happy building!

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