Facebook has combined satellite images and deep learning to create a new population density map for the majority of Africa, which the company released yesterday ( https://ai.facebook.com/blog/mapping-the-world-to-help-aid-workers-with-...).
According to MIT Technology Review ( https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/613292/ai-is-helping-deliv...), "Governments and nonprofit organizations need accurate population density maps to coordinate humanitarian aid, health care, and other resources to traditionally unmapped regions. Facebook says that its maps of other regions have already helped support rural electrification efforts in Tanzania and coordinate a measles vaccination campaign in Malawi, among other examples. The work builds on the company’s previous release of similar maps for 22 countries, originally motivated by its initiative to bring more people online. The goal is to eventually map the entire world."
HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com