BCG, NASA, and USRA announce generative AI lab collaboration

April 19, 2024
The lab will explore benefits of new generative artificial intelligence technologies related to Earth science, including weather data, life sciences, and engineering.

WASHINGTON - Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York announced strategic collaborations with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to launch a generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) lab for science and engineering.

The lab will explore the short- and long-term benefits of new GenAI technologies related to Earth science, including Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) weather data, life sciences, and engineering. These collaborations harness the talents of a unique team of leading innovators from industry (BCG), government (NASA), and academia (USRA) with decades of experience advancing the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence.

As part of these collaborations, BCG X - the tech build and design unit of BCG, NASA, and USRA will conduct research, development, testing, and evaluation of GenAI technologies, as well as analyze the growth of responsible GenAI technologies through the use of publicly accessible datasets. They also intend to produce joint publications on technical evaluation criteria for different scenarios, use cases, and test cases as applied to the performance of various publicly available open-source GenAI models.

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"In this pivotal moment in time for AI, the GenAI lab represents a unique opportunity to rapidly and responsibly advance the application of AI for public good applications," said Dr. David Bell, Director of USRA's Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science.

"We have only just begun to explore the transformative power of GenAI in Earth sciences," said Christoph Schweizer, CEO of BCG. "BCG is privileged to work with NASA and USRA. Together, we are pioneering the critical research and development necessary to propel these technologies forward, ultimately benefiting global society."

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