Why IBM Built An AI Avatar To Answer Questions About Marine Litter
Marine litter is a worldwide problem. And even if you could gather all the data that’s out there, it’s not necessarily easy to access. Unless you know an expert named Sam.
That’s the idea behind a pilot project highlighted in a recent 30th Annual Environmental Report from IBM. For those who don’t spend a lot of time reading annual reports: The technology giant is working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to demonstrate how information technology and artificial intelligence can be used to address marine litter. The work was provided for free to UNEP, as an investment from the IBM corporation.
There’s a lot to tackle: The UNEP estimates that each year, 8 million tons of plastic makes its way into the ocean–equivalent to a garbage truck full every minute. And the pandemic isn’t helping, with disruptions in recycling programs across the globe and a dramatic increase in single-use goods.