AI Earthquake Warnings with P-Waver

  • 30 April, 2021
The Download
Machine learning has made P-Waver's systems shockingly accurate at predicting earthquake magnitude. (Photo:

Staś Butler is joined by Dr. Lin Pei-yang. He's the founder of P-Waver, a company specializing in earthquake early warning systems. Their devices can be found all over Taiwan, from the country's schools all the way to its hi-tech semiconductor foundries. Staś finds out how training on twenty years of earthquake data has allowed Lin and P-Waver to predict the size of an earthquake within three seconds of the first vibrations. And Lin answers a key question: is Taiwan ready for its next big earthquake?