The Eye in the Sky Gets a Brain That Knows What It's Seeing
By: Fast Company
A hurricane hits a shore town. What is the estimated property damage? A city is doing an inventory of trees. How many are there? An aid group is trying to get food to an impoverished rural population. What's the best location to make a drop?
Answering those and myriad other questions about our planet usually takes painstaking boots-on-the ground work. But satellite imagery and advanced machine learning, aka deep learning, is changing all that.
Anyone who’s ever toyed around with Google Earth knows the eyes in the sky can capture amazingly detailed images of what's on the ground. The new AI is now teaching those orbiting cameras what they're seeing.