It's undeniable that, despite its pitfalls, tech has improved not only human lives but the well-being of nature as well, and a new development in AI-powered cameras may help save endangered species.
It's no secret that many animal species in Africa are in danger of being wiped out. For example, experts estimate that the African elephant population, once 2 million strong, may face total extinction in just decades. These tragic deaths are in large part due to poaching, but with human resources limited, it's been difficult to stop poaching before it happens. But a new vision-processing technology may help stop that. It's called TrailGuard AI.
Powered by an Intel-made vision processing unit, TrailGuard AI will be able to identify objects in its surroundings (cars, various animals, and people) and send notifications to rangers if a person is found traveling areas frequented by poachers. It's incredibly efficient, too--with a discreet design and over a year of battery life, this device will be a much needed relief for these overextended park rangers. TrailGuard AI is a massive step up from previous designs, which relied on finicky motion sensors and poor batteries.
It's not the conservation world's first foray into AI, though. In the past, experts have used artificial intelligence to forecast where poachers are most likely to hunt next. As I've noted in a previous blog post, these technologies seem poised to help humans rather than replace them, and with merely 150 rangers in charge of the entire Serengeti, they could use all the help they can get.
TrailGuard AI is set to be deployed in 100+ national parks and wildlife reserves in the coming future, so smile, poachers! You'll soon be caught on camera.
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