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Solving The Sustainable Development Goals Through AI And Crowdsourcing

Solving The Sustainable Development Goals Tthrough AI and Crowdsourcing

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Article Summary:

In the energy sector, affordable batteries are making it possible for companies to store electricity and harness renewable energy. And, in the auto industry electric vehicles are expected to be built for the same amount as gas-guzzling models, within a few years. The availability of batteries with sufficient capabilities in these sectors is key to the massive migration from fossil fuels and could have a huge impact on climate change, helping solve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But there is work to be done around the integration of batteries into cars and electric grids so they can be used efficiently. Batttery Associates, a company founded in 2020 by Simon Engelke, an award-winning entrepreneur with a PhD in Lithium-ion batteries from the University of Cambridge, is building a global open-source competition platform for battery developers to crowdsource data and use AI to make predictions about battery performance. It is one of 20 finalists chosen to participate in 102GO, a global competition being organized by Volkswagen and Microsoft that is seeking ways to address the SDGs with AI.

About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.