New AI tech used to identify large marine life close to shores
From Fast Company:
Sharks get a bad rap as “man-eaters,” because that’s how they’ve been cast in popular culture for the last half-century, from Jaws to The Shallows.
Even as the ocean’s apex predator, this reputation isn’t at all fair. Around the world last year, unprovoked shark attacks (where humans do not initiate physical contact) resulted in just five fatalities — one fewer than the global average over the last decade. Meanwhile, humans carve up 100 million sharks and rays annually.
Still, the fear of being bitten by a shark is understandable. As rare as incidents already are, they might soon be even rarer, thanks to a new solution that comes out of Australia. Called the Clever Buoy, it’s an eco-friendly ocean monitoring system that uses dual-wave sonar and artificial intelligence to detect and identify large marine life underwater more accurately than your standard fish-finder. …
Currently the system, which Anderson says was “developed hand-in-glove with lifeguards,” can identify a shark from anything else in the water in under four seconds. In such cases, the Clever Buoy relays information about the size of the shark (or sharks) and location in real time to lifeguards and first responders on the nearest beach, to help inform decisions about what to do with surfers and swimmers in the water.
Facial recognition software nabs jaywalkers in China
In China, law enforcement agencies have been using advanced biometric technology to track citizens for years. These technologies are part of a coordinated national effort to create the “omnipresent, completely connected always on and fully controllable” video surveillance network envisioned by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security in 2015.
Emblematic of this unprecedented surveillance apparatus are the facial recognition devices deployed in Shenzhen last April that are meant to deter jaywalkers. These devices take photos of offenders and display them on large LED screens above the intersection, along with their name and part of their government ID number. There is also a website showing photos and information for jaywalkers in Shenzhen.
Now Intellifusion, the Chinese artificial intelligence company behind these devices, is taking them a step further by partnering with mobile carriers and social media platforms such as WeChat and Sina Weibo to send text messages directly to offenders as soon as they are caught jaywalking by the cameras.
How harvesting produce in space could start with Antarctic gardens
From AP News:
Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.
Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Station III say they’ve picked 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds) of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a high-tech greenhouse as temperatures outside dropped below -20 degrees Celsius.
The German Aerospace Center DLR, which coordinates the project, said Thursday that by May scientists hope to harvest 4-5 kilograms of fruit and vegetables a week.
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