AI Helps Prevent Poaching

Once found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, black rhinos were in decline by the end of the 1960s. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, an estimated 70,000 were alive on the continent by the end of that decade. But poaching set the population on an even further downward spiral. By 1993, a little more than 2,400 black rhinos were recorded. To combat poaching, human patrols comb through large national parks, where endangered species are known to live. But humans alone can only do so much. The National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office are helping researchers bolster patrols by using artificial intelligence (AI). The researchers are working with colleagues from the U.S., Singapore, the Netherlands, and Malaysia, led by Prof. Miling Tambe, who teaches computer science and industrial and…

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