Snapshot Serengeti is investigating the use of deep learning image recognition to sift through their trove of 3.2 million wildlife pictures from various camera traps. This is an AI researcher/engineer’s dream data set, there is just so much. 📊
So what can this model do? 🔍
Not only does the artificial intelligence system tell you which of 48 different species of animal is present, but it also tells you how many there are and what they are doing. It will tell you if they are eating, sleeping, if babies are present, etc.
And why does it matter? 📸
We estimate that the deep learning technology pipeline we describe would save more than eight years of human labeling effort for each additional 3 million images.
This could be a huge development for wildlife protection/preservation efforts and the first instance of AI being used to help us protect our environment and planet, which is rather important if you ask me. 🌍