Earthquake artificial intelligence knows where damage is worst

Algorithms can use seismic data and structural knowledge of buildings to judge which parts of a city will be most at risk and prioritise rescue efforts Where to start? (Image: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times/Eyevine) WHEN an earthquake hits, emergency responders need to know which areas to go to first, as quickly as possible. Can artificial intelligence help? Ahmad Wani thinks so. His start-up, One Concern, has developed technology that, within minutes of a tremor, can predict what areas of a town are likely to be worst affected. “I think the product is going to save lives,” says Ray Mueller, who is on the emergency services council for San Mateo county in California, which sits over the San Andreas fault. “It’ll allow you to identify areas that are most affected by…

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