Keeping track of artificial intelligence

Even experts can’t agree on what the future of artificial intelligence holds. Will it liberate or destroy us? In an effort to ground this speculative discussion in real data, Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence has developed an AI Index to track, distill and visualize what is known about AI. Among the indicators:

Cities race to build plyscrapers to save forests and carbon

2030 In Bourdeaux, France, the 18-story Hypérion tower, could be one of the tallest timber structures in the world when completed in 2020 The 18-story Tour Hypérion by Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés. | PC: Architect Improvements in land use — protecting forests, restoring marshlands, managing farms and grazing lands — could deliver 37% of the carbon savings needed by 2030

Strata Enviro gets investor backing for air pollution monitor

Climate Finance A recent report found that 30% of India’s premature deaths are attributable to air pollution. PC: Time A recent report found that 30% of India’s premature deaths are attributable to air pollution. In Delhi, one in three children have impaired lungs. Pune-based Strata Enviro makes and installs commercial air pollution monitors for airports,

Carbon Free Boston, by 2050

With urban hubs responsible for 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, major global cities including Barcelona, Vancouver, and even megacity Mexico City are committing to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Mayor Martin Walsh, calling Boston “America’s climate champion,” is aiming for a 2050 deadline. The city has released the four broad elements of its

Climate action in Paris, affordable housing in Colorado, entrepreneurial ecosystem in Virginia

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original One Planet: Macron mobilizes capital for climate action, with a French accent. President Emmanuel Macron of France is moving to fill the vacuum in climate action leadership left by President Trump — and to position France at the center of a global capital shift. Macron’s “One Planet” summit Tuesday will mark

One Planet: Macron mobilizes capital for climate action, with a French accent

By Eric J. Lyman PARIS, France — President Emmanuel Macron of France is moving to fill the vacuum in climate action leadership left by President Trump––and to position France at the center of a global capital shift. Macron’s “One Planet” summit on Tuesday will mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate accord, which went into effect last year

Own Your Impact edition: Steve Case’s impact argument, gender lens culture shift, beyond…

Good Friday evening, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief’s Big Eight: Own Your Impact Edition 1. SteveCase walks back his comments to The New York Times — onImpactAlpha. “I wanted to set the record straight: I absolutely believe that impact investing can produce the same sort of market returns that other types of investing can achieve,” Case writes in