AI: Artificial Intelligence Proves Major Time Savings for Federal Employees. While AI isn’t a panacea for every big-data problem in government, agency leaders say they see value in using machine learning to handle the most tedious aspects of handling data, which frees up human operators to address more mission-critical issues. Read more
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Virginia Beach Puts Big Data to Work as it Plans for Sea Level Rise. As a result of tidal flooding and severe costal storms, sea levels in Virginia Beach have risen nearly a foot over the past 58 years. City officials are working with researchers, state and federal authorities to develop a response to the frequent flooding problem. They plan to develop a hydrodynamic modeling system by using data from sensors that measure water levels and wind speeds. Read more
ENVIRONMENT: After Big Data: The Coming Age of “Big Indicators”. Remote sensing and big data allow us to collect unprecedented streams of observations about our planet and our impacts upon it, and dramatic advances in AI enable us to extract the deeper meaning and patterns contained in those vast data streams. The rise of the cloud empowers anyone with an Internet connection to access and interact with these insights, at a fraction of the traditional cost. In the years to come, these technologies will shift much of the current conversation focused on big data to one focused on “big indicators” — highly detailed, continuously produced, global indicators that track change in the health of the Earth’s most important systems, in real time. Read more.
OPINION: A.I. and Big Data Could Power a New War on Poverty. When it comes to artificial intelligence and jobs, the prognostications are grim. The conventional wisdom is that A.I. might soon put millions of people out of work — that it stands poised to do to clerical and white collar workers over the next two decades what mechanization did to factory workers over the past two. And that is to say nothing of the truckers and taxi drivers who will find themselves unemployed or underemployed as self-driving cars take over our roads. But it’s time we start thinking about A.I.’s potential benefits for society as well as its drawbacks. The big-data and A.I. revolutions could also help fight poverty and promote economic stability. Read more.
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