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Could Artificial Intelligence Alert Us to Wildfires?

Wildfires are devastating — with the loss of homes, businesses, communities and, unfortunately, sometimes lives. In this week’s edition of featured entrepreneur, we are discussing how artificial intelligence can predict wildfires and other disasters. Luckily, United Nations AI adviser Neil Sahota is here to give us the rundown on how this technology could prevent this type of devastation.

How does it work?

Usually, when we talk about wildfires, we typically think of park rangers looking out with their binoculars, surveying the land to find signs of any smoke or fire. Now, with artificial intelligence, they can scan the ground with computer vision, watching the area in real-time. And these rangers don’t have to send someone to investigate. So, now we can use computers, drones, cameras and 24/7 imaging to detect hints of a wildfire and where the fire initially started.

How much could we benefit from this tech?

Wildfires every year can cause billions of dollars worth of damage. And we often won’t catch a wildfire until it has gotten to an uncontrollable point. With this artificial intelligence, we can catch these fires when they are small. These at-risk communities won’t have to worry about losing their homes or businesses. And we can cut the damage costs by a third.

Can you think of other ways innovators are creating technology to save lives? Let us know in the comments. And follow our Bold TV Facebook page for more featured entrepreneurs.

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