Earth Day: When people employ powerful technology—the impact can be monumental

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. By 1990, Earth Day had gone global, lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

Today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world and is celebrated by more than a billion people every year. It is marked by a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes. And through the years, we’ve learned that it takes action from people and technology to bring change. When people employ powerful technology—the impact can be monumental.

That’s why we are especially proud of this year’s IBM Watson Build global winner, Business Partner Compta Emerging Business. Compta combined IBM Watson technology and The Weather Channel data to use AI to detect wildfires at the very earliest stages.

Compta uses AI to detect and spot the point of ignition. Given such advanced notice, firefighters are better equipped to reduce the destructive impact to society and to our planet. With 98 million acres of land burning every year due to wildfires, early detection can have a huge impact on people’s lives.

This solution is a game changer. Hear how Compta’s wildfire detection solution, using Watson AI can help avoid total devastation and chaos—and improve lives across the world.

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