As most of you know, in June, Jeff Bezos turned to Twitter for philanthropy ideas and received nearly 47,000 responses.
The story got more interesting after Unanimous AI got interested.
Unanimous AI is an artificial intelligence platform that claims to make super-intelligent decisions based on the wisdom of the crowd, but not in small numbers.
Apparently, crunching big numbers can provide some amazing results.
When the company has held these swarms, the group has correctly predicted the winners of the 2015 Oscars, the first four horses of the 2016 Kentucky Derby in 2016, and the eight teams that would make it to the 2016 MLB playoffs, including the Chicago Cubs’ victory.
You have to admit those results are pretty impressive (especially the Cubs’ victory).
Long story short, after crunching the data access to clean water was the “winner.”
Two things have happened since then — one you couldn’t help noticing and the other more esoteric.
- Hurricane Harvey brought the issue of clean water front and center in most people’s minds; Harvey changed the focus from “somewhere else” to “home.”
- A product called the OffGridBox.
Pre Harvey, OffGridBox estimated 720,000 US families needed the box.
Post Harvey, the need is in the millions — and bottled water won’t cut it, even ignoring the environmental effects of all that plastic.
To date, only 28 OffGridBoxs have been installed.
But those 28 units have impacted 12,100 people!
The basic unit costs a reasonable $15,000.
Certainly Bezos and his network have the chops to help the business scale quickly, which should bring the cost down much further.
Now I need help from you, my readers.
As you all know I’m no social media maven, so I’m asking those of you who are to tweet @JeffBezos the link to OffGridBox.
I honestly don’t care if he sees my post; the important thing is for him to see OffGridBox.
Harvey left unbelievable devastation in its wake.
Irma and (possibly) another storm may not be far behind.