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We need to transition from analysis to synthesis when it comes to large scale image based studies of satellite or street level images.
Large scale, image based studies have the ability to unlock the human potential and really address some of the most important societal problems. The question really is, are we going to do that through analysis or are we going to step up to the game and actually start doing synthesis? Are we only go to study and observations or are we going to go and actually make an impact in the society?
Can global image repositories help UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs)? help us understand the social determinants of health? Satellite imagery, Google street view and user contributed photos from a global image repository are being used for large scale image-based studies, visual census and sentiment analysis [Ermon][http://StreetScore.media.mit.edu]. But we need to go beyond simply relying on big data for investigating social questions via remote analysis. We need to transition from analysis to synthesis. For deployable social solutions, we need to consider the full stack of physical devices, organizational interests and sector-specific resources.
Image-based large studies allow us to predict poverty from daytime and nighttime satellite imagery which can influence critical decisions for aid and development planning. In project ‘StreetScore’, our group has shown that semantic analysis of street level imagery such as Google Streetview, can provide varied insights rich in urban perception; our recent project ‘StreetChange’ shows the benefits of time-series data in driving these insights (http://streetchange.media.mit.edu).
We have seen some amazing work and you'll hear from Stephano about poverty mapping my glove previous collaborators to a population density crop maps, Betaine. So we had been, that's been fantastic progress in, in using a global industry, uh, in, in these areas that are taken from satellites or drones and then a street level imagery is also very widely available, either very structured like Google street view, but also from a user contributor photos and to that Nikki like and others in my group have been working on can we do a sentiment analysis of, of this imagery in this case, sentiment analysis of the perceived safety just for Google Street and main street and then create kind of citywide maps of a perceived safety that can be used by city planners and urban planners. So, which is great. But coming back to analysis versus synthesis opportunities, I'm going to give you a flavor of one of the projects we worked on a which is street addresses.