Will satellites put economists out of work?

James Crawford, Orbital Insight
Source: RealVision
James Crawford, Orbital Insight

James Crawford says he gets more accurate data about China, the U.S. consumer and crop yields through his firm's satellites than economists get through traditional means.

His firm, Orbital Insight, uses sophisticated satellite imaging to inform economic decisionmaking for its clients.

Crawford is an artificial intelligence expert and the former engineering director for the massive Google Books project.

The interview below comes courtesy of Real Vision, a video-on-demand platform for finance that features long-form interviews with these type of guests every week.

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