Each day around a third of all food harvested or produced around the globe is wasted. This means that about 1.3 billion tons of food feeds no one.  IKEA’s restaurants serve 680 million people each year and the company takes food waste seriously.  IKEA has enlisted AI in its sustainability efforts.

IKEA is a proponent of the “circular economy”, which is an economic system based on minimizing waste and making the most of resources. It is basically the opposite of taking materials, manufacturing products (or food), and then disposing of the end product. Instead it is a regenerative approach that reduces waste.

AI is the wonder of our age and the hottest tech of the 2010s, but does it hurt the environment?

For Emma Strubell, the lead author behind the paper, the most shocking discovery of the research was when she analyzed one of the recent models she designed as part of her PhD work at University of Massachusetts Amherst. While the algorithm’s carbon footprint–78,468 pounds of carbon dioxide–wasn’t quite as big as some of the others she assessed in the paper, it still was similar in size to the carbon dioxide that the average American emits in two years.

Earth Day may have been a week ago, but the earth is important every day. Here’s an interesting look at how AI can help save the planet in this article focusing on Intel’s efforts in this space.

Since 2017, Intel has been collaborating with Parley for the Oceans* and a team of marine biologists to collect the mucus exhaled from whales when they surface to breathe, then utilizing AI technology to analyze indicators or the whale’s health in real time. By developing a greater understand what’s threatening their ecosystem, we can better protect whales. Learn more about the Parley* SnotBot and see behind the scenes with the team working on the project.

As big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are becoming a part of our every day lives and various industries, there is increasing evidence of how these technologies can contribute towards solving globally pressing issues such as deforestation. Here’s an interesting article looking at that very problem.

Advanced technologies such as AI and big data are being leveraged in the fight against deforestation. SilviaTerra is using AI to monitor forests. SilviaTerra has a software-based approach to solve forest inventory problems by assessing forests using satellite imagery and machine learning. The algorithm, powered by AI, is enabling precision forestry at a fraction of time, fieldwork and cost of conventional methods.

Clean Water AI is a device that uses a deep learning neural network to detect dangerous bacteria and harmful particles in water. Users can see drinking water at a microscopic level, just like they would view footage from a security camera, with real-time detection and contamination mapping.