Also see Microsoft launches AI for Earth to give $2M in services to environmental projects (TechCrunch); tangentially, see Microsoft Creates New AI Lab to Take on Google's DeepMind (Bloomberg)
"Today at an AI event in London, we announced a new program called AI for Earth, aimed at putting the power of artificial intelligence towards solving some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. As a technology company with a deep commitment to sustainability, we understand that our responsibility extends beyond our own operations to innovating towards a healthier and better future more broadly.Announcing AI for Earth: Microsoft’s new program to put AI to work for the future of our planet - Microsoft on the Issues
We are excited by the potential of putting artificial intelligence in the hands of researchers and organizations to drive new data insights that will help solve important issues related to water, agriculture, biodiversity and climate change.
Microsoft will offer access to cloud and AI computing resources, technology trainings and lighthouse projects – a $2 million commitment in this next fiscal year. And to lead this work, we’ve named Lucas Joppa, longtime Microsoft Research lead on computational ecology, to the role of chief environmental scientist."