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Facebook Has an AI-based Map of Africa That Details the Continent’s Population Density.

When Facebook first revealed its AI-based population map in 2016, I remember people asking why few African countries were covered, but fast forward to 2019 and the company has unveiled an upgraded version that covers the “majority” of Africa.

The project is part of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, which is under the Internet.org initiative, and this time, the major objective is to help relief agencies know where to go when providing aid.

For example, in Malawi, the Missing Maps Project used these AI-powered maps to filter out 97% of the terrain that is uninhabited. This helped to coordinate the efforts of 3,000 Red Cross volunteers in Malawi who visited roughly 100,000 houses in just three days to educate people about measles and rubella vaccines

Of course, Facebook’s effort isn’t ‘completely’ altruistic.

According to reports, they also plan to use the map to determine which areas are most likely to need better internet access, and which technologies (such as aerial drones) might work best. In other words, this could also help telecom services get internet access to more people, which also means more Facebook users.

So, can you get access to the maps now?

Well, not yet!

Facebook is partnering with Columbia University to create a free public data set that should be available in the coming months.

What do you think?

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4 comments on “Facebook Has an AI-based Map of Africa That Details the Continent’s Population Density.

  1. Kaybang says:

    “… the major objective is to help relief agencies know where to go when providing aid.”
    O…kay, cool. Cool

    “… something something internet access… something something aerial drones working best somewhere…”
    🤔

    “In other words, … more Facebook users.”
    There always has to be that element of cooperate greed in the little “good” that they feel like doing.

    I’m learning.

  2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, IN THE BUSINESS WORLD, TITS GOES FOR TATS. WHAT FACEBOOK IS DOING HERE IS A VERY GOOD WAY OF CREATING A MARKET FOR THEMSELVES WHERE ITS VIRTUALLY NON EXISTENT.
    THE POPULATION OF AFRICA 🌍 IS ONE OF TGE MAJOR REASONS WHY THESE TECH ⚙ GIANTS ARE FOCUSING HERE…

    1. Kaybang says:

      “WHAT FACEBOOK IS DOING HERE IS A VERY GOOD WAY OF CREATING A MARKET FOR THEMSELVES WHERE ITS VIRTUALLY NON EXISTENT.”
      But greed is one of the 7 deadly sins (not the ones in Shazam☇[best comic book movie of 2019 😁] but let’s leave superhero movies out of this) and surely Facebook can do all these free map sturvs without tits for tats.

  3. JOSHUA says:

    Facebook and Google always becoming more efficient at tracking and spying on people

    Interesting stuff though

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