The new scientific way to predict the weather using your smartphone's microphone

The new scientific way to predict the weather using your smartphone's microphone

The BBC plans to train artificial intelligence 'agents' to calculate and interpret weather forecasts and map out perilous weather hazards

A technology that could use speech recognition software to simulate the weather could help people feel the conditions they’re about to encounter.

The BBC’s Futures unit has developed a way to teach artificial intelligence ‘agents’ to calculate and interpret weather forecasts and map out perilous weather hazards.

Participants wear sensors, such as smart watches, in the task and are asked to say when the alarm sounds.

The method, called ‘wake-detection signal technology’, also raises questions about the role of governing bodies in these areas of personal privacy.

Science editor Mark Inglis said: ‘The solution allows us to understand how something called wake-detection signals are produced, and comes with the potential to help the weather forecasters we rely on to do their job better.

‘Whether this technological advancement will translate into better products or inspire changing the way we think about weather forecasting, we’ll have to wait and see.’

One question the BBC has asked about the technology is how it would work with Government agencies in the case of a national disaster.

The BBC’s Futures unit has developed a way to teach artificial intelligence ‘agents’ to calculate and interpret weather forecasts and map out perilous weather hazards. Participants wear sensors (pictured) in the task and are asked to say when the alarm sounds


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