World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions
Fast Company"World Changing Ideas in AI and Data, Honorable Mention"
Artificial intelligence adds value in the Wild
Jessie Rudd, ITWeb"AI is well-positioned to identify individual animals from photos for population studies, or categorising the many millions of camera trap photos gathered by field scientists."
GiraffeSpotter: Using Big Data and Citizen Science to Protect the World's Tallest Mammals
Jasmina Schmidt, Reset"GiraffeSpotter is a photo identification database where people can upload photos of giraffes for them to be recorded and individually catalogued based on the unique pattern of their hides - which is different for each and every animal, just like a human fingerprint is."
The Curated Wild
David Biello, Anthropocene Magazine"Neural networks allow a computer program such as Wildbook to be trained on one set of animal-picture data to learn the characteristics of another species and its ecosystem, rather than having to build a program anew for each and every task."
AI could be a critical tool to saving the planet
The Guardian Labs"Using AI to collect and curate data will also free up valuable time needed by researchers to develop and revise conservation plans to combat extinction."
How Advanced Technology Can Help Save Wildlife, And The Companies Behind Them
Prableen Bajpai, Nasdaq"Traditionally, analysts spend hours and hours studying thousands of images taken from satellites, drones or camera traps in the wild to decipher range, populations, and behaviors of animals otherwise rarely seen by humans. It is laborious work. This is one area where advanced technologies such as deep learning is making a difference."
AI empowers conservation biology
Roberta Kwok, Nature"Wildbook uses neural networks and computer-vision algorithms to detect and count animals in images, and to identify individual animals within a species. This information enables more precise estimates of wildlife population sizes."
Wildbook: Finding Elephants in the Data (and Whale sharks, Turtles and More, Too!)
J.A. Ginsburg, Medium"A vast and exponentially-expanding wildlife database has been created from hundreds of thousands of photographs and videos submitted by citizen-scientists, along with those captured by in-the-field camera-traps, and also scraped from websites such as YouTube and Flickr."
How Microsoft is using AI to help the Earth (Practical AI #29)
Chris Benson, Practical AI (podcast)"Wildbook has an intelligent agent that wakes up every night at 10 PM and it searches the internet, and it looks on the social media sites, and then it will find instances of people – using just natural language processing, or just regular search, you can find people who are posting about whale sharks, and then they’re extracting frames from those videos, and then running their object detector to find the whale shark in the object, and then classifying those things and recognizing that individual animal. So they’re finding both new whale sharks that way, that researchers haven’t been exposed to before."
How Eavesdropping on Elephants is Keeping Them Safe
Rachel Nuwer, BBC"[Wildbook] is revolutionising researchers’ ability to follow the movements of animals without the use of costly, cumbersome tracking devices."