OU receives $20M grant to create trustworthy AI for environmental science

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The University of Oklahoma has received a $20 million grant to research artificial intelligence, which is being called a historic milestone in environmental science.“Let me give an AI definition, because you’ve probably only seen it in the movies portrayed as the scary robot that comes in and kills everybody. That’s not what AI is,” OU professor Amy McGovern said. “So, we’ll be creating AI methods that will help improve prediction and understanding of tornadoes and hail and wind.”OU received the $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create trustworthy AI when it comes to the weather and how that weather affects our lives.“Like improving crops. We cannot change the crops, but we can improve predictions of when there’s going to be dry spells or droughts. Then you can improve your planning and know when the crops can be OK,” McGovern said.McGovern told KOCO 5 that the research and work should be a source of pride for Oklahoma.“I want people to know Oklahoma is leading the science on this, that Oklahoma is leading the effort for artificial intelligence for environmental science,” she said.One of the big concerns when hearing the words “artificial intelligence” is that robots are going to replace humans. McGovern said that’s absolutely not the case, saying the AI will just help assist forecasters.

The University of Oklahoma has received a $20 million grant to research artificial intelligence, which is being called a historic milestone in environmental science.

“Let me give an AI definition, because you’ve probably only seen it in the movies portrayed as the scary robot that comes in and kills everybody. That’s not what AI is,” OU professor Amy McGovern said. “So, we’ll be creating AI methods that will help improve prediction and understanding of tornadoes and hail and wind.”

OU received the $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create trustworthy AI when it comes to the weather and how that weather affects our lives.

“Like improving crops. We cannot change the crops, but we can improve predictions of when there’s going to be dry spells or droughts. Then you can improve your planning and know when the crops can be OK,” McGovern said.

McGovern told KOCO 5 that the research and work should be a source of pride for Oklahoma.

“I want people to know Oklahoma is leading the science on this, that Oklahoma is leading the effort for artificial intelligence for environmental science,” she said.

One of the big concerns when hearing the words “artificial intelligence” is that robots are going to replace humans. McGovern said that’s absolutely not the case, saying the AI will just help assist forecasters.



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