Brazilian Forest Warriors Fight Back with ML The Tembé people in Brazil work hard to stop invaders from cutting down their trees. Their 30 forest ranger warriors have been patrolling the border of their land to protect it from abuse, but this approach has met conflict—deforesters sometimes bring armed guards who shoot and kill the Tembé forest rangers. With the help of Topher White from Rainforest Connection, this tribe now uses machine learning to identify
Before the airplane was invented, some people were concerned that everything that could be invented had been invented. Obviously, that was not the case then, and it’s certainly not the case now. So as you create novel inventions, how do you protect them? What’s the process? And what tools can help you and your team navigate the world of patents? Janal Kalis: It was like a black hole. Almost nothing
This week we went to South By Southwest’s (SXSW—or as locals call it, “Southby”) trade show and scoped out new AI and ML tech, and here are some interesting, strange, and helpful AI and ML applications we found: You Play Those Notes so Perfectly After Yamaha Yoo’s booth director convinced a shy Indian boy to play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the keyboard yesterday, we saw an AI duet come to life. First the boy played his piece solo while the AI read his style.
Hey, That’s My Spot! If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman, there’s a social media network called Fishbrain that may be for you. Five million fishers use it, and collectively they’ve logged over 3.7 million catches’ worth of data. Besides sharing your catch with other fishers, you can use the platform to get weather and tide pattern info, and the social network also uses machine learning to tell you where and when
Taking photographs of yourself, your family, you friends, your vacations, your food, and a host of other things is possible because you don’t have to pay for film anymore. We all know this. With the explosion of digital memories and documentation of almost every aspect of your life, you now have a lot of information tucked away, and many artificial intelligence applications are aiming at identifying what is in them,
Roomba Goes Rogue A saw-wielding Roomba is readying itself to help you build your own furniture from start to finish. (Later, IKEA.) It, along with its robotic coworkers, may one day become your very own cadre of carpenters. The MIT-developed software that comes along with this adjusted Roomba and its autonomous buddies will (1) allow you to choose or adjust a generic design for various household items (like desks, chairs,
A Mosquito’s Tell: 1,000 Wingbeats per Second You’re walking around your home when you hear it, that annoying, buzzing vector that wants to suck your blood—and potentially give you some disease you’d rather not have. Depending where you are in the world, mosquitoes can pass along some pretty nasty stuff, like malaria, Zika, dengue, yellow fever. However, only some species of mosquitoes pass on these diseases, and identifying these species