Episode 15: Whither the Weather Wherever 

Whither the Weather Wherever

Guest: Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Bowne, PhD

Modern computing theory and practice emerged from Western war efforts during the years from 1939 to 1945.

One challenge not solved during the war was weather prediction, which remained an art - slow, manual, and unreliable.  One of the first projects funded by the Army Air Corps at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, where an early computer was under construction, was an effort initiated by John von Neumann in 1946 for weather prediction.

Predicting the weather continues to be of immense economic and strategic value.

Detailed knowledge of current weather conditions in many places around the world holds particular value for the US Air Force.

Today we are delighted to discuss US Air Force funded weather research at MIT with Major (now Lieutenant Colonel) Andrew Bowne, the chief legal counsel of the Air Force-MIT AI Accelerator.  Major Bowne is a Judge Advocate in the US Air Force.  In addition to his extensive legal credentials, Major Bowne is a PhD candidate (recently completed) in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

The views and conclusions presented in this podcast are those of the guest, Andy Bowne, and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the United States Air Force or the U.S. Government.

Recorded: 2022-10-17

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