Earth Day is approaching, and it’s techier than ever.

Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, USA the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian Ciaran McCrickard

The innovative minds at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed EarthTime, an interactive digital time lapse tool that, for the last 3 years, has only been viewed at the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland. More recently, it’s been used in TED talks, unveiled in international museums, and presented to world leaders to showcase changes in everything from deforestation to migration patterns.

In fact, the team was just in Monaco last week on the request of the crowned price to install the tech in the headquarters of his personal foundation, The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, *and* at the Monaco Yacht Club.


But on Earth Day (April 22nd), they’ll be unveiling it to the public in a mission to

“Empower a technologically fluent generation and use data to promote
evidence-based decision making, discourse and action.”
(Emphasis added).

Yes, Big Data is a hot topic right now, and many conversation are centering around how AI and the data boom are changing our world. Unquestionably, the availability of data has provided an opportunity to visualize global change and, even, see the interconnectedness of at all.

09/09/2015 – Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA at Discovering Disruptive Change with Big Data at the World Economic Forum – Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China 2015. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard

Put simply, the tool uses cold hard facts, like 30 years of  NASA satellite images, to help users make sense of the world. You can *see* the changes in air pollution, trade patters, and more.

More bluntly, it’s fact-checking incorrect beliefs.

Earth Day is April 22nd. Give yourself a fresh perspective on humanities place in the world. Click here to learn more. 

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 21JAN16 – Matthew C. Hansen, Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, USA, speaks during the session ‘Earth Time-Lapse: The Future of Forests’ at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2016.
Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, USA at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 23, 2018. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez
Paul Dille, Senior Research Manager, Sara Longo, Explorables Outreach Coordinator, and Ryan Hoffman, Project Manager, showcasing the tech to the Prince of Monaco.

Kelly “Zelnira” Arbogast is Made in PGH’s content editor and partnership coordinator. When she’s not scoping out hidden gems and advancements in the region, you can find her chugging cortados, reading nonfiction, and smiling at strangers.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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