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This AI shows what climate change could do to your house by 2050

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Climate change has a NIMBY problem. That’s short for “not in my backyard,” and while the threat of a warming world may finally be getting more social and political traction than ever, for most people it’s still something that happens far away, whether it’s at polar ice caps or on distant islands.

That’s why some AI researchers from Montreal decided to create a system for generating hyper-personalized visuals about the impact climate change is likely to have in 50 years. How personalized? Try the most literally “IMBY” visual you can imagine: a picture of your own house, flooded out by rising sea levels.

“It is difficult for people to mentally simulate the complex and probabilistic effects of climate change,” the researchers write. To drive the reality home, they imagined an interactive tool that could automagically combine imagery from Google Street View with a photorealistic rendering of those “complex and probabilistic effects,”........

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