Poaching is the biggest threat to the animal kingdom and many methods over the years have been tried to stop it but most of them have failed or worked in a limited capacity. Now with the rise of drones and other technologies, many organizations have already started using drones to fight poaching. But the Lindbergh Foundation is taking the drone game to a whole new level.
AI to the rescue
The Lindbergh Foundation, an environmental non-profit, has joined forces with Neurala which is known for its deep learning neural network AI. Now the company’s deep learning neural network AI is to boost the capabilities of drones in the organizations Air Shepherd program. Neurala gave the capability to its AI to recognize what elephants, rhinos and poachers look like, so it can accurately pinpoint and mark them in videos. Now the AI will sift through all the footage from the foundation’s drones in real time and this will also include infrared footage taken at night.
“This is a terrific example of how AI technology can be a vital force for good. We’re thrilled to be working with the Lindbergh Foundation in this unique partnership, contributing our deep learning software to such a worthwhile cause and doing our part to preserve endangered species.” – Neurala CEO Max Versace said in a statement
It will be very interesting so see how this modern day tech can help stop poaching of animals.