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Amazon launches program for climate startups using AI

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Amazon's cloud computing arm, known as AWS, and an AI research group have launched a new program that will support startups using AI and advanced computing to combat climate change.

Why it matters: Companies and organizations have increasingly been using emerging computing technologies like ChatGPT to work on difficult data-heavy problems around the changing climate.

Details: Amazon's AWS and the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence are looking for climate-focused, computing-intensive startups to join their Compute for Climate Fellowship.

  • Participants in the program will get AWS credits and mentorship, and need to send a proof of concept to the fellowship to apply.
  • The group is looking for startups focused on climate risk and resilience, food security, climate-related health, circular economy, ESG analytics, and biodiversity and conservation.

Big picture: Access to low-cost artificial intelligence and high-powered computing is changing the way that startups across sectors are building products.

  • Climate tech startups are tapping into the same computing evolution to do things like use generative AI to develop better ways to buy clean power.

💬 Thought bubble: By connecting with entrepreneurs and startups early at the first proof of concept stage, Amazon can access a whole new set of collaborators and future AWS customers.

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