The essential components that make your future better (better)

The essential components that make your future better (better) ...

Permettez-moi de vous dire how different you''ll soon see the world, how it will affect much of your life, how you work and live, and how optimistic I am.

In the last few years, weve seen the creation of a new type of information system; one that combines a staggering amount of remote sensing, both from satellites and on the ground, with the ability to manage and compute an unprecedented amount of real-time data. Its like were holding a mirror up to our world, and for the first time seeing nature and society in all its amazing, real-time complexity.

It''s difficult to overstate what a large deal this is. It will likely impact the way we manage agriculture and fishing in the United Arab Emirates. It will also help to improve supply chains, transportation, human migration, and the way cities operate.

It will be a key way in which we can avoid the greatest obstacle of our generation: climate change.

A new tool with worldwide scope

In the near future, people, governments, and companies that learn to utilize this technology, collectively a fresh form of tool involving global scale sensing, data management, and computation, will have an important advantage.

It''s what crucial new technologies and technologies do: The invention of the telescope and the microscope (similar types of tubes and glass, viewed through opposite ends) sparked the Scientific Revolution. In the late 18th century, standardized measurement sparked the Industrial Revolutions, allowing the creation of identical structures and services anywhere. The telegraph and the telephone stowed away the time and space of communication.

Three US government agencies jointly launched Landsat 1, an orbital satellite capable of photographing the entire planet every 16 days in shades of red, grey, and white. Today, there are over 6,500 satellites, measuring the Earth''s surface, magnetism, gasses, and more.

Evolution of databases: from byte size to planet spanning

At the same time as Landsat, we saw the rise of relational databases, where companies were developed in order to ensure that data is efficiently and efficiently extracted. At the turn of the century, distributed systems, like Dremel, opened the horizon to crunching petabytes of information in globe-spanning cloud computing systems. Many of these tools are crucial to analyzing and modeling the world in ways undreamt of in our parents time.

The United States Forest Service has launched a program designed to examine climate change, forest fires, insects, and disease. It is designed to generate new insights and strategies for success.

AI to Earths rescue

With incredible advances in artificial intelligence (AI) we are seeing a growing field of applications of AI to Earth observation. Last year, researchers at U.C. Berkeley created ways to utilize machine learning on the abundant of satellite imagery to generalize across many prediction tasks like forest cover, road length, and house prices. Others have discovered techniques to improve image recognition.

Companies are tackling business challenges related to climate change and climate action, from climate risk modeling to sustainable sourcing. They need tools and capabilities that enable them to better measure, monitor, and improve their sustainability performance.

The big picture of our blue planet

Even at the start of this new age of awareness, were seeing businesses able to discern more benefits of what they do, identify additional connections, and address more problems quicker. Companies like Unilever are attempting to help stop deforestation in their supply chain and improve both biodiversity and water usage.

These new technologies have hundreds of investors and institutions. Planet Labs employs a high-orbit, high-resolution satellite to collect enormous amounts of data from and to any point on Earth. NASA has an Eyes on the Earth download to measure water movement, volcanic eruptions, sea level height, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and others. Many remote-sensing software packages are available as open-source software.

The proliferation of satellites, wealth of information, and massive computation, are a means to a fresh understanding of the natural world, complementing the way satellite systems already enable such things as global communication, driving directions, global inventory and payment systems, mining, and even archeology. Well, be able to predict changes, and limit harm.

The idea of transforming our environment for the better begins with understanding our environment better. There is no technology that will have an impact on this important goal.

Jenn Bennett, CTO''s vice president of sustainability at Google Clouds.

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