I wrote recently about the potential value of artificial intelligence (AI) to help governments better manage natural disasters. And here, right on cue, is the announcement that Microsoft is teaming with the Dept of Energy to build AI-based tools to help prevent and manage natural disasters. 

They will work on predictive technology to help anticipate wildfires, manage fire lines, assess overall damage, and assist with search and rescue. Along with COVID vaccination research, contact tracing, and economic mitigation, this could be the next major area of government that sees substantial improvement in operations from widespread adoption of AI.