London-based AI lab DeepMind has solved the 50-year-old protein folding problem; Unilever New Zealand is testing the 4-day working week; Tasmania is now powered entirely by renewables electricity. More good news:
A Ghanaian start-up is making medicine in Africa more affordable; due to economic growth, the poverty rate in the Phillipines has decreased substantially since 2015; and advances in AI enable a variety of disaster relief measures – from rebuilding affected areas to tracking migration trends.
Six Central African countries have announced an ambitious initiative to preserve the Congo Basin; Africa Teen Geeks, one of the largest computer science non-profit organisation in Africa, is teaching South African children how to code; and machine learning algorithms successfully monitor the annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania.
After Greta Thunberg’s speech in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pledges billions of euros to fight climate change; anti-poaching efforts decrease rhino deaths in South Africa; and public data and machine learning help protecting seabirds in South Africa.