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The Current State of GeoAI

GeoAI, or Geographic Information System Artificial Intelligence, involves the integration of geospatial information, such as maps, satellite imagery, GPS data, and other location-based data, with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to extract meaningful insights, make predictions, and automate decision-making processes. The integration of machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) with GIS enhances the ability to …

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Geodata at the Intersection of Disease Control and Border Securitization

11/26/2023: The busiest day ever at airports in the US. 2,884,783 people were screened, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted, as well as disrupted, the drastic inequalities around the world, within and between countries’ healthcare, transportation, and agricultural sectors. It has helped provide a fresh perspective on how interconnected the …

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How Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women- GIS and Ecofeminism

Of the many uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), one of the newest is in the study of gender and development. Alongside this emerging discipline exist critiques of GIS and its inherent biases. One such critique by John Pickles points out that GIS users do not acknowledge social context within which GIS operates. This, of …

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Emergency Management, GIS, & Data Privacy

In the wake of disasters, it is critical that emergency response is timely and accurate in order to deal with mitigating, responding, and recovering from these events. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the way technology and data-driven maps are used to deal with the preliminary as well as the current and lasting impacts of …

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Threads Tied Up in Knots Over Privacy Concerns

Since the launch of Meta’s new app Threads, over 150 million people have registered an account. Released to be a competitor to Twitter, the app is still in its infancy with further development to come. However, even in this early stage, the app has raised serious concerns over privacy violations. Threads has not launched in …

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Is highway removal needed to fix our cities?

Highways have played a significant role in shaping the American urban landscape since the mid-20th century. However, many of these highways, built with the intention of facilitating suburban commuting, have divided up neighborhoods and caused long-term harm. Recognizing the adverse impacts of these highways, cities across the United States are now embracing a new movement …

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How inclusive can smart cities really be?

“ The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation” – Albert Einstein.  As the world moves into a new era of modern technologies, cautions must be taken to leave behind past mistakes. Today, modern technology is evolving at a rate where the concept …

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Is TikTok monitoring your physical location?

TikTok is a short-from video sharing app that has grown rapidly in popularity over the past few years, gathering some 150 million American users since its launch in 2017. A recent article by Forbes however, discovered the social media app’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, planned to use the app to monitor the location of its …

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AI and Ethics – Love or Hate?

Artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, as opposed to intelligence of humans and other animals. Founding father of AI, John McCarthy offered the following definition in his 2004 paper as “intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs” which attempt to understand human intelligence. Uses for AI technology include speech recognition, computer vision, translation between languages, …

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Geographical Variations in Healthcare

A recent article published in the journal BMC Medical Ethics explores the ethical issues related to geographical variations within the provisioning of health care services, and aims to guide health policy with their findings. There is sufficient documentation evidencing healthcare needs are greater among lower income populations, yet utilization and access to healthcare is much …

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