Disasters in the South Pacific are a reality. In the past 10 years, major Cyclones have seriously affected hundreds of islands across Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa to name a few; disrupting millions of lives and causing millions of dollars of damage. Many of the countries in the Pacific region are also exposed to other high risk disasters including earthquakes, tsunami, storm surge, volcanic eruptions, landslides and droughts, not to mention the growing threat of Climate Change.
What does all this have to do with Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
Aerial imagery is “Big Data” challenge. It can take hours and more often days to analyze aerial imagery following major disasters. This explains why the World Bank, WeRobotics and OpenAerialMap have just launched the Open AI Challenge focused on the use of artificial intelligence to automatically analyze aerial imagery in the South Pacific. More information on the challenge and how to participate and download the aerial imagery is available here.
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