Are photos made by satellites problematic in terms of data protection? Is there enough regulation around the use of drones? How can we ensure that remote sensing data isn't misused? We talked about all of this with data protection expert Marit Hansen.
The EcoVision Lab at ETH Zurich is developing a tool that can accurately map biomass - all over the world - using remote sensing data. They hope it will make land-use planning more objective, transparent and environmentally-friendly, as well as protecting forests and biodiversity throughout the globe. We spoke to two of the brains behind the project.
How can we design AI-based systems so that they benefit the common good? RESET talked to Kristina Penner from AlgorithmWatch about algorithmic bias and the potential for AI to reproduce systemic inequalities - but also about transparency and civic participation.
What potential does artificial intelligence have to help us protect the environment and tackle climate change? And with all the computing power it requires, how can we make artificial intelligence itself more environmentally friendly? What can companies, developers and governments do to ensure AI helps us protect - and not destroy - the environment? We put our questions to Stephan Richter from the Institute for Innovation and Technology.
While the Amazon continues to burn, innovators are hard at work developing new and effective ways to monitor, protect and restore the world's forests. From self-learning algorithms, satellites and drone imagery to blockchain-based smart contracts - tech has a whole host of smart tools that can be leveraged for good.
Camera traps are often used to protect endangered wildlife, recording thousands of hours of footage of the natural world. But who has the time to watch and analyse all of it? An open data project is helping animal conservation efforts by scanning hours of video footage and automatically highlighting the things that count.
Swedish startup Enjay has developed a way to clean up the catering industry's greasy carbon footprint - by capturing restaurants' dirty waste heat and turning it into usable energy.
Hanna Lutz and Stephanie Frost founded the social enterprise vostel - by mistake. RESET talked to Hanna how their original idea developed into something completely different, and what their online volunteering platform looks like today.
Blockchain isn't only set to shake up our financial system – it could also help reduce bureaucracy, make supply chains more transparent and fight corruption around the world.