Artificial Intelligence Fights Wildlife Poaching

Humans tend to do pretty terrible things to the environment. And those who go about illegally killing animals and cutting down trees are downright criminal, and can be difficult to stop. So, the National Science Foundation has turned to artificial intelligence to help out. It’s not the only time we’ve turned to technology to help fight poachers. Earlier this year, realistic robots were used as traps, and of course there’re always drones. But now, researchers are using A.I. applications that incorporate a game theory model for wildlife protection. The app is called PAWS (which stands for the Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security). It was developed in 2013, and tested in Malaysia and Uganda. PAWS analyzes the terrain and topography of an area, incorporating the paths where animals most often travel–which…

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