Originally published in Industrial Waterworld magazine July/August 2016
By Alexander Severt
Artificial Intelligence – Can It Make Our Water Infrastructure More Sustainable?
The ability of a computer-powered machine to take a set of information, analyze, decide, and autonomously take actions is the definition of artificial intelligence (AI). Examples of AI are commonly linked to a helpful humanoid robot, which is more entertainment from a science fiction perspective than a realistic integration into society. Intelligent machines can be built to extend past the five human senses and the physical limitations of the person-like figure that we are familiar with.
In a world where computer-controlled cars can autonomously drive a person from point A to point B, the water industry, which has huge impacts on our day-to-day lives, needs to be brought into the technology era. For instance, most existing water industry infrastructure still requires human operators and engineers to understand and anticipate, as best as humanly possible, how to respond to continuous changes in influent water quality (diurnal, seasonal, episodic) in the hopes that more sustainable operations can be achieved.
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