For years, Google has warned its users about natural disasters by introducing automated alerts from government agencies in each country to applications such as Google Maps and Android Search. But now, she will make the forecasts the same. In cooperation with the Central Water Commission of India, Google will inform its users of imminent floods. The new service is currently only available in the Patna area, with the first alert being notified in a few days' time.
As he says in blog post a Google engineer, impending floods are calculated by combining machine learning, rainfall history, and flood simulations.
"A variety of elements such as historical events, river water levels and the geographical location are very important data that feed our programs. With this information we have created a model that can not only "guess" an imminent flood as well as its size. "
The collaboration between Google and the Central Water Commission was announced in June, where it was agreed to jointly research and develop the tool. The notifications that the program will provide are extremely important as the 20% of floods worldwide is estimated to happen in India.
Using Artificial Intelligence technology to calculate future events is not new, as companies like Microsoft and IBM have created and tested such models in the past. To achieve this, they must process countless historical data to discover some common elements or patterns between past events. Just in this field artificial intelligence programs excel.