Google-backed AI network aids lead pipe cleanup in Flint, MI | Smart Cities Dive

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To help with the effort in Flint, MI to replace lead pipes that have contaminated residents’ water supplies, researchers from Georgia Tech University developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system, backed by Google, to predict which of the city’s 55,000 homes are affected, according to a report in New Scientist.
After digitizing old city plans and more than 140,000 handwritten building records, the team analyzed 71 different pieces of information for each property, like the age and location of a home or its values. That has allowed them to target homes that are likely to have lead pipes, with a 97% success rate.
The system has saved an estimated $10 million by avoiding unnecessary searches, enough to protect an additional 2,000 properties.

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