Intel experiments with drones and AI to mark World Animal Day

Artificial intelligence is being used more and more in various ways throughout science and commerce and can boost efficiency

October 4 was World Animal Day and Intel decided it wanted to talk about its movements in environmental and wildlife expeditions, powered by its up-and-coming drone and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in developing innovative new ways to collect, process, and evaluate data.
The tech giant is looking to learn more about the behavioural patterns of wildlife, along with what we can learn from them about the world in which we live.
In Intel’s first study, Ole Jorgen Liodden, a wildlife photographer, used a thermal camera, along with Intel’s Falcon 8 drone system, to study polar bears and their habits. With the aid of aerial views provided by the drones, Liodden could monitor such behaviour as migration, breeding, and feeding. Intel said that the information will aid scientists in understanding how climate change affects the animals, as well as offer an insight into the condition of the Arctic ecosystem.
Researchers would typically have had to employ helicopters in studying the bears’ behaviour, which is both invasive and expensive. The harsh weather conditions also make it dangerous to the researchers. Through the use of drones, polar bears seemed to be unaffected by any appearance or noise.
Liodden said that should polar bears become extinct, it would present challenges to the ecosystem as a whole. He believes that drone technology can help with these challenges by offering a better understanding of the world, as well as preserving the environment.
Intel is also involved in a joint venture known as the Snotbot Project. In this project, they are working with Parley for the Oceans and the Ocean Alliance to progress whale research that will help researchers in better understanding ocean health, along with the broader effects that climate change is bringing about
Artificial intelligence is being used more and more in various ways throughout science and commerce. While some people are sceptical of AI, partly because of a fear of change, change can often be different in a good way. It can lead to improved efficiency, for example. For gamers, and in particular, those who enjoy online gambling at websites such as, being able to practice with AI before playing with real money makes for a better, and more profitable, player. The ability to improve performance before enjoying potentially more than 200 casino games offers a significant advantage.
AI is also becoming increasingly used in hospitals, for example, where we see computers interpreting medical images. These systems help with scanning digital images, e.g. from computed tomography, for typical appearances, as well as to highlight such conspicuous sections as possible diseases. Detecting a tumour is a typical example.
The Snotbot is the latest example of how AI is having a positive effect. It collects the snot or blow from whales when they come to the surface to catch a breath. These samples are rich with such biological data as toxins, bacteria, viruses, pregnancy hormones and stress, and DNA. They are then packaged before being sent to researchers via ships. They in turn send the data to machines with Movidius technology and Intel Xeon with machine learning algorithms that aid in identifying an individual whale via pattern-recognition, and evaluate its health using such real-time technologies as volumetric measurement.
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