It has been said that predicting China’s smog could be the future responsibility of both IBM and Microsoft. The two big firms see this job as a business opportunity.
IBM and Microsoft are trying their best to seek a slot in the fast growth market of forecasting weather quality in the polluted regions of the world. China is a leading example of a country with high smog levels.
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Smog is just smoke mixed with fog. The Chinese emit so much carbon on a yearly basis that they have some of the worst pollution levels on the planet.
Smog overtook Beijing this year so that two red alerts were announced. The city’s 22 million inhabitants had to wear oxygen masks and remain at home while schools and factories were closed.
Pollution predictions are of key importance for the communists who rule the country since they want to keep a docile work force and citizenry all the better to govern them on a constant basis.
This means that the citizens have to be kept happy too. With pollution levels going through the roof, this job is becoming ever more difficult.
Furthermore, Beijing will be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022. And it is precisely in winter that the smog levels are at their highest. What face will China show the world?
Air quality needs to be improved on an emergency basis. Forecasting has thus become big business and the best method of doing this is via information technology.
Dustin Grzesik created an app that predicted the weather especially the air quality. Once you can predict the weather, it is just one small step towards controlling it. Pollution can be curbed provided some precautionary measures are taken.
Cognitive computing is the name of the game. The models built and simulated lead to the weather becoming a more and more predictable entity.
Microsoft and IBM are looking to sign contracts with the Chinese government in order to install their pollution predicting technologies in the Sino-sphere, according to Reuters.
IBM’s initial client was the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau. IBM has also sent out feelers to Delhi. India too is facing the scourge of pollution on a chronic basis.
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Once IBM and Microsoft get to do their job consistently in what is known as Chindia (China + India), the smog will be a thing of the past in these regions of the world.