Friday, 22 February 2019
We Run the World’s Machine Learning Literally.
Economic and population data are key elements of planning and decision-making in first-world countries, but access to sophisticated analytic and compute power is limited or non-existent in developing countries.
Working in conjunction with the United Nations Global Platform for Official Statistics, Algorithmia built a repository of algorithms that are readily available to any data scientist of any member state at any time. There are models for predicting economic, environmental, and social trends to enable smarter decision-making for strategies like agricultural planning, flooding probabilities, and curbing deforestation.
The UN wanted a way to share models with underdeveloped countries to curate economic, environmental, and social data to save lives and improve health and environmental conditions. Using the UN algorithm repository, for example, a developing country could model farmland satellite imagery to predict draughts, urbanization trends, or migration patterns.
Such statistical information can be used in myriad ways by both humanitarian organizations and policy-making, governmental bodies to make smarter resource-allocation decisions, better understand urban planning needs from population data, and even predict migration crop cycles using geospatial imagery.
The UN’s partnership with Algorithmia demonstrates our dedication to leveraging AI and machine learning to seek solutions to global problems. We are so looking forward to empowering the developing world, one algorithm at a time.