Inside the Source: Microsoft, SilviaTerra Team Up with AI for Forests
May 8, 2019
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Microsoft, SilviaTerra Team Up with AI for Forests by Steve Wilent
When you think of Microsoft, you probably think of the Windows computer operating system or Bill Gates, one of the company’s founders and, with a net worth of nearly $100 billion, one of the world’s wealthiest individuals. You probably don’t think of silviculture or forest inventory techniques. Nonetheless, Microsoft has been in the news in recent months for its partnership with a company that is tiny by comparison, SilviaTerra, to use artificial intelligence (AI) in managing forest resources.
A recent Wall Street Journal article, “How AI Might Be Used to Battle Wildfires,” described how Microsoft is supporting several companies, including SilviaTerra, that use Microsoft’s AI for Earth technology to help solve environmental issues, such as reducing the risk and severity of wildfires."