A new AI tool can track poverty levels in African villages over time by scanning satellite images for signs of economic well-being.
The tool searches the images for indicators of development, such as roads, agriculture, housing, and lights turned on at night.
Filling gaps in dataThe researchers believe their system could measure economic well-being in areas where reliable data is lacking.
“Amazingly, there hasn’t really been any good way to understand how poverty is changing at a local level in Africa.
Even if it never makes it into any of their hands, the system could deepen our understanding of what affects economic well-being around the world.

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