How Descartes Labs is teaching machines to ‘see’ the world

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Descartes Labs spun out from Los Alamos National Lab in 2014. In just about 4 years it has expanded quickly – both in terms of its presence, capital and human resources. The company, which created the first “Living Atlas of the Planet”, is today raring to go further. In an exclusive interview with us, Founder CEO Mark Johnson explains the future plans, which includes a building new headquarters to accommodate more people, the work it is doing in areas like agriculture, forestry, shipping, logistics with oil & gas infrastructure etc. 
Johnson feels the reason why Descartes Labs has grown so fast is because the geospatial world is on fire right now and there are tons of sensors going up in space — ranging from radio frequency sensors to radar sensors, and a whole host of earth observation sensors and optical sensors. “When you combine all that data with computational power you get in Cloud plus machine intelligence. We can take all those pixels and build some real value for customers. I am really excited about our prospects.”