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Getting back to nature with AI: Why Microsoft and National Geographic Society are working together to advance conservation science with computer science – Microsoft on the Issues

Camper sitting at creek with night sky above
Photograph by Devlin Gandy/National Geographic

By Dr. Jonathan Baillie, chief scientist at National Geographic Society, and Dr. Lucas Joppa, chief environmental scientist at Microsoft

Yesterday, Microsoft and National Geographic Society announced a new, joint grant program that will equip explorers working on the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century with the most advanced technologies available today. “AI for Earth Innovation” grants will fund new solutions that leverage AI and cloud technologies to monitor, model and manage Earth’s natural resources. Application forms are available today, here, to anyone working at the intersection of computer science and environmental science, especially in the areas of agriculture, biodiversity, climate change and water.

As scientists that have spent our entire respective careers focused on conservation, we’ve come to believe that increased adoption of technology, including AI, is critical to make the progress needed – and at the pace needed – to protect our planet. From producing the foundational estimates on how rapidly species are going extinct to determining the effectiveness of our current conservation efforts, we realized that progress was slow or impossible without deploying scalable technology solutions.

There have been some notable success stories – including those we featured in a book we jointly published on the role of protected areas in conservation. But they are, frustratingly, the exception to the rule.

Now, in our roles as chief scientists at global organizations (for science and exploration and innovative technology, respectively), we hope to solve the root cause of that frustration. That is the goal of this partnership, and why Microsoft and National Geographic Society are bringing $1 million and access to our experts and technology together in this new partnership.

While different, both organizations are focused on pushing the boundaries of science and exploration for the benefit of the planet. National Geographic is synonymous with science and exploration. For 130 years, the organization has opened minds to the natural world, challenged perceptions of what is possible and set the stage for future exploration. For more than 35 years, Microsoft, too, has explored and pushed forward the boundaries of what technology can do, and what it can do for people and the world.

Our organizations have a unique combination of expertise in conservation and computer science, capacity building and public engagement, providing incredible potential to drive fundamental change. We will work together to empower people everywhere to respond to some of the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century.

We realize that to some, it may seem counterintuitive to try to protect the planet with technology. It’s true that past industrial revolutions and technology development has directly contributed to our current climate crisis. Certainly, we recognize it’s not a panacea. But we’re fundamentally optimistic, because over the course of human history, every solution to a major societal challenge has been the result of human ingenuity and new technologies. It’s been the combination of scientific exploration and technological advances that has fueled new discoveries and led to major breakthroughs in our understanding of the planet and life on Earth. It’s as true today as it was when National Geographic Explorer Bob Ballard discovered new forms of life at the bottom of the ocean using then-cutting edge underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology.

Lately, innovation in technology has far outpaced anything imaginable before, but scientific knowledge isn’t keeping pace. We have often imagined a future where that is no longer the case, and our individual organizations have worked tirelessly to change this, too.

By partnering, we’re ready to move from imagining to enabling. With AI and the cloud, researchers can stay focused on new discoveries, rather than data collection and sorting. Their findings can more easily be shared with other researchers around the world, creating new economies of scale that accelerate and improve the state of conservation science in near-real time.

While there are only a handful of grants, the program is structured to provide exponential impact. By ensuring that all models supported through this grant follow an open source approach and are publicly available, we will allow environmental researchers and innovators around the globe to take advantage of these new innovations immediately and directly in their own vital work.

For the health of our planet and our future, we all need to get back to nature with the help of technology. Microsoft and National Geographic are ready to put our tools and skills to work for researchers working to make that more sustainable future a reality. Come join us!

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For Sale – 2017 13” MacBook Pro (Space Grey) – 2.3GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB HDD

Hi

I am sure a lot of people have claimed because it is actually a consumer right. I am sure you could find out plenty of information online. I think AppleCare is apple’s way of simplifying things – you can just take it into their store anytime. But just so you know, I have never known Apple to turn away any of their hardware……I have had a 3 year old iPad sorted by then FOC but that could be few and far between.

I will provide an email confirmation print out as proof of purchase.

For Sale – Z820 workstation and Nvidia Quadro K6000

It’s a z820 2x 256 Samsung ssd’s (840pro)
2x Xeon E5-2609 2.4GHz
16gb ram – can top it up

Thinking around £500 for 24gb and 550 for other

And Nvidia Quadro K6000 12gb ram – those go for around £600 so say £500 ?

Got 2 PC’s like that…

Update: opened to take some pictures so topped up memory in both,
One has 24gb while other 32gb
Also,
Open to offers on K2000 and Quadro 4000

Price and currency: £1000
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Maidenhead
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For Sale – MacBook Pro 13 Retina (early 2015) – i5 128GB SSD – Warranty (New Screen & Battery)

Selling my MacBook Pro (A1502) which has served me perfectly. i5 2.7Ghz/8GB Ram/ 128Gb SSD.

Bought from Apple directly, comes with warranty until September 15th 2018 and all the bits/ receipt etc. No marks that I can seek on the lid/ sides, screen, keyboard but a few marks on the underside as you’d expect with normal wear but flawless otherwise.

Currently on 419 cycles and battery health is in very good condition too. Currently running High Sierra and will be reset to factory default and signed out from iCloud before sending.

UPDATE: New Screen/ Clam top plus new battery installed under warranty- Total cost would have been £556!

£705 £680 delivered by RMSD. BT.
Thanks

Price and currency: £705 £680
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Payment method: BT
Location: London
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For Sale – Breaking Up Old but Hi Spec (at the time) Windows PC

My very old but fully working windows pc has been gathering dust so need to get rid to make space and just wondered if any of the bits are of use to anyone? All prices negotiable as not too sure how much these bits worth.

please assume no original packing unless stated but everything will be well packaged

postage to be discussed for each item

Can take individual pics as needed

Collection from London Se9 also possible or London Charing Cross work days

Case £50
Antec Dark Fleet DF85 (case only no power supply, wires unless fitted originally)
Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm) 213 x 505 x 577 mm (W x D x H)
  • Material Steel
  • Colour Black
  • Weight 11kg
  • Front Panel Power and reset switches, 1 x USB 3, 3 x USB 2, Stereo, Mic
  • Drive Bays 3 x external 5.25in drive bays, 9 x internal 3.5in drive bays, 1 internal 2.5in drive bay, 1 external 2.5in drive bay
  • Form factor(s) ATX, micro-ATX
  • Cooling 3 x front 120mm fan mounts (fans included), 2 x rear 120mm fan mounts (fans included), 2 x 140mm roof fan mounts (fans included) plus extra Akasa Apache Black Fan on side
  • Graphics card dimensions supported 318mm long, dual slot, full height

Power £75
Corsair TX750W
Corsair TX750W Power Supply

Motherboard £50

Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC
Model Rampage Formula (LGA775)
Version Rev 1.xx
Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model X48 Chipset Revision 01
Southbridge Vendor Intel Southbridge Model 82801IR (ICH9R) Revision 02
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc. Version 0902 Date 28/04/2009

CPU £20
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 / Cores 4 / Threads 4
Name Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Code Name Yorkfield
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 45nm
Specification Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
CPU Only no cooler

CPU Cooler £15
Arctic Freezer Pro Rev
freezer-7-pro-rev-2.html

RAM £60
4 sticks of Corsair Dominator CM2X2048 – 8500C5D 1066mhz 5-5-5-15 2.1V ver 1.1

GPU £50
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Palit Platinum sonic
Memory Type GDDR5
Physical Memory 1023 MB
Virtual Memory 1024 MB
Bus Width 64×4 (256 bit)
Shaders 384 unified
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum Specs

Sound Card £30
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe True HDMI 1.3a 7.1Ch Soundcard, Dolby True HD/DTS Master Audio PCI-E
Just the card itself. Have original box but not in best condition

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Location: London
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For Sale – Brand new Netgear R6400 v2 Router – £50 inc delivery

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For Sale – Asus Strix OC 1080Ti & EVGA 1070Ti Black Edition

Right guys both cards are in as new condition and still have the plastic on them.

Both boxed and the 1080Ti is a few months old (not been used other than to test it works) and the 1070Ti is a month old and again the same been tested once received then boxed back up.

None of the cards have been registered so will come with receipts for warranty purposes.

Im after £650 for the 1080Ti
and £350 for the 1070Ti

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Location: Oldham
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For Sale – Waterblock and Linksys WRT1900ACS

EK Waterblock – £24 posted reserved for – @mr_yogi

Linksys WRT1900ACS comes with power lead and 4 antenas no box – £55 posted

Price and currency: 55
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Location: SHeffield
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