We recently came across this interesting article which talks about how DigitalGlobe is applying AI to satellite imagery recognition.
Humans brains are still extremely useful, so DigitalGlobe also has a crowd-sourcing platform that can be used either on its own, or to train an artificial intelligence algorithm.
If you are interested in AI and satellite imagery then read the DigitalGlobe developer blog, which has a number of interesting articles, such as:
Detecting population centers in Nigeria. [Image: DigitalGlobe]
You can also sign up for a free evaluation account on DigitalGlobe’s AI platform GBDX.
Incidentally, we also found this comment in the article mentioned in the first paragraph above to be interesting:
DigitalGlobe also doesn’t release images of active U.S. combat areas.”
This at least partially explains the censorship (lack of imagery updates) of certain countries in Google Earth. It is not clear whether this is a decision made unilaterally by DigitalGlobe.