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In photos: Hurricane Florence's floods as seen from space

A car is inundated with floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence at an apartment complex at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate Longs, South Carolina. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The flooding from Hurricane Florence continues in the Carolinas, after the storm dumped an epic amount of rain. Rising waters have breached dams and overtopped levees, and pollution concerns are growing as hog waste and coal ash enters swollen rivers and lakes.

The big picture: Photos taken using DigitalGlobe's satellites show a dramatic contrast between the landscape before and after this historic storm. The company, which operates a fleet of Earth imaging satellites for civilian and government use, released these images as rivers were still rising.

The upside of humans — a lot of them

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

As work on artificial intelligence plods along, an advanced form of crowdsourcing is emerging as an accelerated way to surpass human thinking.

Why it matters: Specially organized groups of people could "get to superhuman intelligence first," said Daniel Weld, a computer science professor at the University of Washington.