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  • 'Age of A.I.' documentary on YouTube features UW experts
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Researchers at the University of Washington share their expertise on artificial intelligence and data science in “The Age of A.I.,” an online documentary produced and released this winter by YouTube. The series narrated by Robert Downey Jr. looks at how AI could affect everything from health care to the search for extraterrestrial life.

    Pedro Domingos, professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, is a recurring expert who offers commentary in several episodes. In 2015 Domingos published “The Master Algorithm,” a popular book about the promise of artificial intelligence.

    The seventh episode, titled “Saving the World One Algorithm at a Time,” features the UW-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. After looking at elephant poaching and new plant-based foods, the segment looks at how seismologists are collecting and processing data to warn of incoming earthquakes along the Cascadia subduction zone. (Domingos first appears in the episode here, and the earthquake segment begins here.)

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    A scene in episode seven of “The Age of A.I.” inside the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s lab on the UW campus.YouTube 'Age of A.I.'

    Harold Tobin, director of the PNSN and a professor of Earth and space sciences, strolls through downtown Seattle and discusses the challenges and prospects for long-term earthquake prediction. Paul Bodin, research professor of Earth and space scienc es, desc ribes how the UW system identifies shaking generated by seismic events, and Doug Gibbons, a field engineer and lab coordinator with the PNSN, shows off a seismic monitoring station near the Space Needle.

    The series can be streamed free with advertisements, or ad-free for YouTube subscribers. Earlier episodes have been viewed millions of times.

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  • Reducing your carbon footprint -- and your pet's carbon paw print | KUOW
    Friday, February 28, 2020
    KUOW interviews a local resident about her carbon footprint -- and her pet's carbon paw print. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is interviewed. Read More
  • Viral video researcher reveals the fascinating glacier science behind it | Inverse
    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Apart from the strange acoustics, the video of an "ice drop," shot on a glacier in Antarctica, tells a bigger story about Earth's climate. Peter Neff, a postdoctoral researcher in Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • WA lawmakers want to fund solutions for healthier soil -- and less gassy cows | Crosscut
    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Bipartisan proposals before the Washington Legislature would help scientists learn about storing carbon in agricultural soils and invest in GPS-guided tractors and climate-friendly cattle feed. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change -- how should he spend it? | KUOW
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    Kim Malcolm talks with David Hyde about Jeff Bezos' $10 billion pledge to combat climate change. Two UW professors, Aseem Prakash (political science) and Eric Steig (Earth and space sciences), are mentioned. Read More
  • Canoeing to work: Floods bring chaos, renewal to Snoqualmie Valley | KUOW
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    The Snoqualmie Valley typically gets about one major flood each winter, according to the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Association. So far this winter, there have been five major floods. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for Seattle's 'Really Big One' | GeekWire
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    Earthquake experts say current building codes don't reflect the riskiest features of the Seattle area's geology -- but the outlook for survivability looks a lot better if the Really Big One can just hold off for a few more years. Erin Wirth, affiliate assistant professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, and Jeffrey Berman, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UW, are quoted. Read More
  • As landslides close roads, Washington's remote towns deal with isolation | Crosscut
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    Washington's rain isn't just gloomy -- it's creating landslides that cut off rural communities. And as the climate warms, scientists warn they could get more frequent. Guillaume Mauger, research scientist with the UW Climate Impacts Group and Alison Duvall, assistant professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, are quoted. Read More
  • The Antarctic Peninsula's new heat record could soon be broken | National Geographic
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    Experts expect to see more extreme warming events in the future, raising alarm bells about the future of the world's largest frozen landmass. Peter Neff, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • The mystery of superbolt lightning | Inside Science
    Thursday, February 13, 2020
    While studying space plasma physics, Robert Holzworth, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, and his team needed to keep track of lightning strikes around the world and built the World Wide Lightning Location Network. Holzworth is interviewed in this Inside Science video. Read More