Below is a collection of inspiring / empowering / feel-good articles we have stumbled across where people or organisations are using data for good causes. We hope they inspire you to think about how you are/could be utilising your data or at the very least make you hopeful for the future!
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- Animals & Environment
- Social Justice
How AI is helping make the world greener
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here, and it’s already changing the shape of many industries and seeping into daily life. In our previous article, we’ve explored how AI (Artificial Intelligence) is helping open up the digital world for people with disabilities.
Mapping America’s wicked weather and deadly disasters
The fear of losing everything in a natural disaster sits in the back of our minds no matter where we live. The same diverse physical geography that gives us sunny beaches and crisp mountain air also generates devastating storms and wildfires. Climate change is only making things worse.
How A.I. Can Help Handle Severe Weather
Maria Uriarte, a professor in the department of ecology, evolution and environmental biology at Columbia University, is trying to understand how Hurricane Maria in 2017 altered plant life in Puerto Rico.
How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning
“In sub-Saharan Africa, there are more people with mobile phones than access to electricity, as people are willing to commute to get a signal and/or charge their phones. By using mobile data we were able to identify the approximate size of rural villages and access to education and health facilities.”
Tracking goats and bleach, artificial intelligence helps out in crises
“…when people prepare to leave home, they sell their goats and the market price falls, signalling a coming surge in population movement – a measure that now feeds into the prediction system.”
George Clooney and Microsoft’s TrialWatch hopes to put a spotlight on injustice
“It’s a straightforward vision: To make the world a witness to what happens in courtrooms around the world… We decided this was a problem that technology could solve.”
Turing Data Futures: AI for government policies and social justice
In regards to how a country measures itself against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, “synergies are difficult to identify and can lead to governments investing in policies that didn’t actually produce the results they are measuring.”
Data-driven health care
Five stories of how organizations are tackling global health issues with big data analytics
Study: How Will Tropical Mammals React To Rising Temperatures?
How wildlife will react to climate change is an open question, but one of the first studies to compare the responses of tropical mammals to warmer habitats suggests the answer won’t be as simple as “move to a cooler place.”
Nature’s emergency: Where we are in five graphics
The felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing the natural world to the brink.