Microsoft announced in January that it will carry out activities to reduce carbon negative, that is, carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The world is confusing as the corona 19 that occurred afterwards raged, but the sustainability problem has not yet disappeared.
To date, Microsoft has invested more than $50 million on AI and cloud-based activities in five areas: agriculture and fisheries, biodiversity, environmental conservation, climate change, and water cycles with AI for Earth. However, on April 15th, it was newly announced that the expanded Planetary Computer project would be started. Microsoft President Brad Smith expressed his intention to develop and deploy digital technologies to support partners and customers who will make environmental decisions in organizational activities, and to provide an AI platform for seamless access to environmental data and information analysis around the world. .
In 2000, by IPBES, an intergovernmental scientific policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services, the first global environmental survey took five years to complete and 15 more years before the report was published. It can be said that there is no room to cope with the ever-deteriorating environmental problems.
Microsoft explains that this is why data using machine learning can be innovative. Planetary computers are platforms that provide access to trillions of data points collected by humans and machines. This enables users to search for geographic location information such as space, sky, land, and underwater, not keywords. Users are said to be able to smoothly perform search for specific environments around the world, such as viewing environmental issues in their area of interest.
However, building a planetary computer is predicted to require tools to process billions to sometimes trillions of data points for the environment and a network that connects to AI. This is enormously complex, and Microsoft alone cannot.
Thus, Microsoft is spending $1 million to support a project that will work to research, report, and manage biodiversity changes on Earth. It will also work with Los Angeles-based geospatial software company (Esri) to develop a new AI-based geospatial solution to provide data access.
Of course, it is so big that it is difficult to understand what it is specifically, but by bringing data on the ubiquitous environment and nature into one database and strengthening them face to face, everyone investigates, analyzes or updates the situation on environmental protection and wildlife protection. Let’s build it so that we can
By realizing these efforts, Microsoft expects to switch to carbon negative by 2030 and deduct all the carbon it has emitted from the environment since its founding in 1975 by 2050 to zero. Related information can be found here .