This episode of Over the Edge features an interview between Matt Trifiro and Mat Yarger, co-founder of DigitalMRV. At Digital MRV, Mat develops strategy and solutions around the use of data for environmental and energy systems, including smart cities and critical infrastructure.
In this episode, Mat describes how data can help us overcome climate change, what systems need updating, and the future we can work towards together.
“With data, there are just so many different things you can do. It applies to every sector as we’re transitioning into digitization and automation. We see the huge uptick of AI right now and everything around that. But data security and trust in data is really paramount to building the right systems moving forward.”
“One area that was the most open to [new tech] because there is a high, high need for transparency right now, is climate. What I’m doing is still very tied to everything I’ve done in the past: like cybersecurity, protecting the data, compartmentalizing it, enabling trust in the data, those kinds of things. But the space that is the most ready to scale that out is climate and environmental impact.”
“The big problems are how we can take that analog process, and look at the standards that are out there. Let’s digitize all those different standards, or pick the ones that have the most impact and progressively digitize them. How do we implement them into the facilities that are getting built or ready to transition and earn these carbon credits or new incentive models?”
“I’m sure you’re familiar with the cyberpunk future of how things can go and Blade Runner and all that kind of stuff. But I think if we do this right, we’ve got this really cool solar punk future where it’s super high tech, super futuristic, we’ve got trees growing on all of our buildings and we’re sharing data, and I’m giving you energy from the energy that I’m creating from my solar panels, and it’s just a really fluid utopian society like I know that’s super optimistic and positive, but I think if we do it right and we get the right people involved and we don’t step on the common person and their data, then it’s achievable.”
02:18 Mat’s journey into tech
05:27 How Mat got into his field
07:46 How tech ties into climate
09:45 The problems Mat’s trying to solve
12:57 What is the carbon market?
13:54 Circular emission tracking
14:52 Why data is useful
18:38 About Project Iota
24:48 About Project Alvarium
29:06 How Mat’s business was formed
35:17 What Mat sees for the future
37:30 The climate we’re striving for
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