Smart drones to fight poaching
These AI-powered drones help protect endangered species from poachers. Currently deployed in South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe by the Lindbergh Foundation for its Air Shepherd program, the drones are equipped with artificial intelligence software developed by Neurala. These smart drones can identify animals, vehicles and poachers in real time without any human input. If a poacher is spotted on screen, rangers are alerted and can intercept poachers before they have a chance to hurt endangered species. The software can analyse infrared footage, and therefore is really helpful at night, when poachers usually strike.
This innovation is a good example of successful cooperation between digital intelligence and human action where one makes up for the other’s weaknesses greater efficiency. And moreover, for the greater good!
Spotted in 2018
- United States