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Appetizer: How AI is preserving biodiversity 🐘

Entrée: The battle for AI dominance 🦹‍♂️

Dessert: AI revolutionizes event security 👮‍♂️


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Conservation AI’s tool can identify species from camera footage. Photo: Carl Chalmers, Paul Fergus (Conservation AI)

In 2022, 16,900 animal species were listed as threatened—more than double the number of 2007. 😕

What’s happening? The planet's biodiversity is under immense threat, with species disappearing at an alarming rate. In response to this crisis, researchers and conservationists are turning to AI to monitor and protect endangered species.

How can it help? Unlike traditional methods that can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and disruptive to ecosystems, AI offers a fast and efficient way to analyze vast amounts of real-world data.

How is AI being used?

  1. Ecologist Jörg Müller and his colleagues at the University of Würzburg, Germany, demonstrated how AI can quantify biodiversity in tropical forests through audio recordings. By analyzing animal “soundscapes” in Ecuador's Chocó region, they identified numerous bird, amphibian, and mammalian species, showcasing AI's readiness for comprehensive species identification in the tropics.

  2. Conservation AI has developed models that can analyze wildlife images and videos from drones and camera traps. Their platform can process large volumes of data quickly, enabling conservationists to protect vulnerable species from immediate threats like poaching and fires.

  3. AI isn't limited to real-time monitoring; it can also model the impacts of human activities on ecosystems and reconstruct historical changes. Luisa Orsini and her team at the University of Birmingham have found ways to use AI to analyze environmental DNA and historical data to understand how a century of environmental degradation affected biodiversity in a freshwater ecosystem.


The AI Avengers are engaged in a battle for industry dominance! 🦾

What happened? Google committed to invest up to $2 billion in the AI company Anthropic, a rival of OpenAI.

What is the significance? This strategic move follows Amazon’s $4 billion investment in Anthropic last month, and comes as part of a broader effort to rival Microsoft, a major supporter of OpenAI. This investment from Google highlights a competition in the AI space between Google, Amazon, and Anthropic as they try to chase industry leaders Microsoft and OpenAI.


Q: What do you call security guards working outside Samsung shops?

A: Guardians of the Galaxy. 📲

What’s up? Evolv Technology’s AI-driven security systems have been adopted by a wide range of locations, including sports venues, concert halls, and school campuses.

How does it work? Evolv's screening systems employ magnetic fields and AI to detect potential threats as individuals enter a venue. This technology not only enhances security but also optimizes the use of security personnel. Security guards can monitor flagged items using tablets, eliminating the need for manual inspections with handheld wands. The technology is capable of screening up to 4,000 people per hour, and its efficiency varies based on the venue's sensitivity settings and the number of items people carry. Additionally, Evolv's system prioritizes privacy by not using facial recognition. Instead, it focuses on identifying suspicious objects, making it indifferent towards race, size, and gender.

How is it being used? The adoption of AI-powered security measures has been met with enthusiasm in various locations, including schools. In some instances, it has replaced traditional metal detectors, offering a less intrusive and more efficient means of ensuring safety. For example, the Marshall County School District in Kentucky turned to Evolv as a solution to the rigorous daily security procedures. The shift has not only improved safety but also made daily entry less burdensome for students and staff alike.



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