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Five ways AI is saving wildlife – from counting chimps to locating whales

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April 13, 2022
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From thwarting poachers in Zambia to tracking water loss in Brazil, artificial intelligence has been identified as one of the top three emerging technologies in conservation. Highlighted here are five ways AI is arming conservationists around the world to tackle the biodiversity crisis and mitigate climate change.

Five ways AI is saving wildlife – from counting chimps to locating whales

Artificial intelligence has been identified as one of the top three emerging technologies in conservation, helping protect species around the world

There’s a strand of thinking, from sci-fi films to Stephen Hawking, that suggests artificial intelligence (AI) could spell doom for humans. But conservationists are increasingly turning to AI as an innovative tech solution to tackle the biodiversity crisis and mitigate climate change.

A recent report by Wildlabs.net found that AI was one of the top three emerging technologies in conservation. From camera trap and satellite images to audio recordings, the report notes: “AI can learn how to identify which photos out of thousands contain rare species; or pinpoint an animal call out of hours of field recordings – hugely reducing the manual labour required to collect vital conservation data.”

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