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Wild Me joins AI for Earth | Stories

A new investment from Microsoft’s AI for Earth program will accelerate Wild Me, an organization that identifies and tracks individual animals using machine learning and computer vision

REDMOND, Wash. — June 14, 2018 — On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. announced that Wild Me, a Portland-based nonprofit organization that focuses on combatting extinction with citizen science and artificial intelligence, will become a new featured project in its AI for Earth program. This deeper level of investment and engagement will enable Wild Me, and its wide range of users and supporters, to more effectively and efficiently use software and AI to combat extinction.

“The world is facing a major biodiversity crisis, and Wild Me’s work in harnessing computer vision and machine learning to monitor and track individual animals is truly groundbreaking,” said Bonnie Lei, AI for Earth project manager at Microsoft. “Microsoft hopes to accelerate Wild Me’s conservation impact by enabling wider usage of its open source algorithms through making them available on Microsoft Azure as APIs, and boosting the speed and accuracy of its entire Wildbook platform by migrating it over to Azure.”

Wildbook is an open source, cloud-based software platform — created by Wild Me in collaboration with faculty and students at Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Illinois-Chicago — that brings together AI, computer vision, scientific research and citizen science to help protect endangered species. Using images uploaded from conservationists, researchers and citizen scientists, the software helps identify and track animal populations, monitor their migrations and interactions, and evaluate threats to inform and improve conservation efforts.

“Wildbook democratizes science and conservation,” said Tanya Berger-Wolf, director at Wild Me and professor at University of Illinois-Chicago. “The partnership with Microsoft will allow us to enable science and conservation at planetary scale and high resolution over time, space and individual animals.”

Wild Me will be the fifth AI for Earth featured project, joining land cover mapping, Project Premonition, FarmBeats and iNaturalist. With 111 grantees in 27 countries, AI for Earth puts Microsoft’s cloud and AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges. Through grants that provide access to cloud and AI tools, opportunities for education and training on AI, and investments in innovative, scalable solutions, AI for Earth works to advance sustainability across the globe.

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Join MINECON Earth Viewing Parties at Microsoft Store!

MINECON Earth, a livestreamed, interactive showcase of all things Minecraft, is on the horizon, and to celebrate, we’re inviting the Minecraft community to join us and watch this one-of-a-kind event at Microsoft Store viewing parties across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Also, for those of you in Atlanta, we’ll be hosting a pair of Build Battle competitions in early November, with winners taking home tickets to MINECON Earth itself!

MINECON Earth Viewing Parties – Coming to a Microsoft Store Near You

Viewing parties will take place across Microsoft Store locations on Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Visit our MINECON viewing party page to get more information and find the location closest to you. Attendees will be admitted 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start time, so come early to ensure you get a seat!

In addition to taking in the show itself, attendees can participate in costume contests, giveaways and competitive and collaborative gameplay with other members of the Minecraft community. Watching the MINECON Earth festivities with local Minecraft players is sure to be a blast, and we hope you’ll join us!

Microsoft Store locations will also host some Minecraft content creators, YouTubers and streamers you may be familiar with! They’ll be taking a break from creating videos and streams to experience the MINECON Earth stream as spectators, along with the rest of the Minecraft community. They’ll be hanging out with attendees at the following locations:

  • Flagship Microsoft Store in New York: Thinknoodles
  • Microsoft Store at Lenox Square Mall (Atlanta, GA): xNestorio, Tylarzz
  • Microsoft Store at SouthPark (Charlotte, NC): CavemanFilms, BlackieChan, Guude
  • Microsoft Store at Prudential Center (Boston, MA): Carnage The Creator, AntVenom
  • Microsoft Store at NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX): Jojopetv, AviatorGaming, RyguyRocky, MeganPlays, BurtDude, BAHMLounge
  • Microsoft Store at The Florida Mall (Orlando, FL): FireRockerz Studios
  • Microsoft Store at Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL): Aureylian, MangoTango

Throw Down in Build Battle to Win Tickets to MINECON Earth

If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can join us in the leadup to MINECON for our Minecraft Build Battle competitions, where the winning team will walk away with tickets to the MINECON Earth show on November 18! Players will be tasked with projects revolving around a series of fun Minecraft themes, so imagination and quick thinking are a must. Like the MINECON Earth viewing parties, these events are great for meeting up with other local players (and putting your building skills to the test).

Players will have to successfully navigate three different Build Battle challenges, with the team that wins each challenge receiving points. At the end of the three challenges, each member of the team with the most total points will win two tickets to MINECON Earth apiece! Even if you aren’t competing, you still have a chance to win tickets, so come cheer on your favorite team and get entered to win a pair of tickets to the MINECON Earth show!

The Build Battles will take place on Friday, November 3 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST at the Microsoft Store at Lenox Square and Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST at the Microsoft Store at Perimeter Mall. Players can begin registering for the Build Battle outside each Microsoft Store location one hour prior to the start of the events.

We can’t wait to see the Minecraft community’s passion, talent and creativity at Build Battle and the MINECON Earth viewing parties. See you there!

Will Arnett is hosting MINECON Earth!

MINECON Earth officially has its co-host! Ace actor Will Arnett will be joining Lydia Winters in Atlanta for a show streaming live all over the world! Click on the above video to see how he convinced us to give him the job.

Will’s appeared in tons of movies and TV shows, like A Series of Unfortunate Events, Despicable Me, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this year’s excellent LEGO Batman. Plus, if you Google ‘Will Arnett dressed as a banana’ the results are as delightful as you’d hope. Will tells us he’s keen to develop his Minecraft skills and what better way to do that than co-hosting MINECON? Actually, we can think of lots of better ways, but we’re still thrilled that he’s co-hosting with Lydia!

For more info about MINECON Earth, including where you can watch it and how to register your own viewing party, check out the official MINECON Earth page by clicking here!

AI for Earth and Our Oceans – Microsoft Green Blog

Since Microsoft launched its new AI for Earth program in July, we’ve seen a tremendous response from the global conservation and environmental research community. The program was built on the premise that Microsoft’s AI infrastructure and applications can transform how the world monitors and responds to the ever-increasing scale and speed of changes we see in our natural world. Realizing this ambition, though, requires removing some key barriers to adoption that individuals and organizations working on these problems currently face.

Today, I’m pleased to announce two important milestones in addressing this issue of access.

20 applicants doing research in 10 countries have now received the first-ever AI for Earth grants. We’ve funded $235,000 in Azure compute resources across the four focus areas of our AI for Earth program—agriculture, water, biodiversity and climate change. These grantees include universities, non-profits and research arms of governments who will now be able to pursue their research, empowered by Microsoft cloud and AI tools.

We are constantly seeking new proposals, and the next grant application cycle closes on October 15. As these projects mature, we will be featuring in-depth stories of the researchers, their organizations, and the AI-empowered solutions they are building.

We are also announcing, today, a new AI for Earth EU Oceans Award, which is an extension of our grants program to a particularly important topic area – our oceans. Covering nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, oceans play an outsized role in the health of our planet. They generate much of the oxygen we breathe, provide food and livelihoods for billions of people around the world, and support a vast and incredible array of species, many of which have not yet been discovered or described. Unfortunately, our oceans are changing, becoming increasingly acidic and polluted, with profound implications for societies around the world.

Producing solutions to these challenges is the topic of an international conversation happening this week at the Our Ocean conference in Malta. John Frank, Microsoft’s Vice President of European Union Government Affairs, is attending that conference and announced the new AI for Earth EU Oceans Award, dedicated to providing Azure compute resources and AI tools to European-based research organizations that work on ocean-related challenges. Applications open today, October 6, and close on December 15.

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With our Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, WA, and operations in coastal cities around the world, we have seen firsthand the large-scale impact of our changing oceans, as well as ways in which technology can help us address these issues. In the Puget Sound, for example, we worked with the University of Washington to create a cloud-based storage system to model the water in this region, and then used that information to make predictions about times of peak acidification. That system helped local oyster farmers at Taylor Shellfish improve their shellfish harvests by carefully monitoring ocean chemistry to prevent the sudden loss of “seed” crops that’s caused by ocean acidification. And in partnership with Microsoft Australia, ag-tech business The Yield is utilizing an IoT approach that uses sensors, cloud computing and machine learning to track salinity, temperature and weather that impact oyster harvests.

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Technology can have a dramatic, positive impact on local communities and economies by helping them better manage their natural resources. We are excited about our new AI for Earth grantees and our new EU Oceans Award, and look forward to expanding the success of the many projects we are supporting to better understand and manage Earth’s many ecosystems, both on land and in the water.

Tags: AI for Earth, Climate Change, environment, Environmental Sustainability, green tech, Microsoft, Ocean, Water

Wanted – All in one PC

As title i’m looking for an all in one pc, nothing earth shattering, just as long as it can run The Sims 4.

Anyone selling one or can point me to where i can buy a decent one?

Thanks.

Budget is £500 but i’d like to spend less if possible :)

Location: Stockport

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Destiny 2 Available Now on Xbox One

Everything you loved about Earth is gone. Yes, even puppies. Now it’s time to strike back against the Red Legion and its leader Ghaul in the highly-anticipated Destiny 2, available today on Xbox One.

Discover an arsenal of weapons and new combat abilities, reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, and fight back against the Red Legion to reclaim our planet. You’ll journey to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system, and customize your character’s weapons and armor with all-new gear, and collect loot. Did I mention loot? There’s tons of it.

Video for Destiny 2 Available Now on Xbox One

With a rich cinematic story-driven campaign, multiple game modes on a quest for epic loot, and intense competitive multiplayer, Destiny 2 is shaping up to the be-all, end-all shooter this Fall. Don’t miss out and pick it up today on Xbox One.

Wanted – All in one PC

As title i’m looking for an all in one pc, nothing earth shattering, just as long as it can run The Sims 4.

Anyone selling one or can point me to where i can buy a decent one?

Thanks.

Budget is £500 but i’d like to spend less if possible :)

Location: Stockport

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