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IBM Tries To Forecast and Control Beijing's Air Pollution 63

itwbennett writes Using supercomputers to predict and study pollution patterns is nothing new. And already, China's government agencies, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, publicly report real-time pollution levels to residents. But IBM is hoping to design a better system tailored for Beijing that can predict air quality levels three days in advance, and even pinpoint the exact sources of the pollution down to the street level, said Jin Dong, an IBM Research director involved in the project.
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IBM Tries To Forecast and Control Beijing's Air Pollution

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  • by kruach aum (1934852) on Monday July 07, 2014 @12:46PM (#47401247)

    There, that moped is doing it. That one. That little moped is why 20 million people literally cannot live off the air they breathe.

  • by Savage-Rabbit (308260) on Monday July 07, 2014 @02:21PM (#47402021)

    The Chinese government HATES it when people measure and publish "unofficial" pollution level readings...you can bet that pollution controls upwind of the US embassy are especially strict.

    Which is pretty amusing since it's pretty easy to design an algorith that will predict pollution levels for most major Chinese cities with pretty much 100% accuracy every day of the year:

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <unistd.h>

    int main()
            printf("Predicted polution level for today: Very High\n");
            printf("Health hazard: Extreme\n");

        return 1;

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