Can AI Help Us Identify Animals?

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New technology has revolutionized how we study wild animals, but it has also bogged down scientists with data…luckily, there’s an *intelligent* solution.

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Deep learning: a subset of machine learning in artificial intelligence that can learning from data that is unstructured or unlabeled
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Script Writer, Editor, Video Director and Narrator: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
Video Illustrator: Arcadi Garcia (@garirius)
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Image Credits: All the photos of the savannah by the SnapshotSerengeti Project

Sogod Bay Whale Shark video by Miguel Hilario



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Packer C, personal communication (2019, September 12).

Swanson AB, Kosmala M, Lintott CJ, Simpson RJ, Smith A, Packer C (2015) Snapshot Serengeti, high-frequency annotated camera trap images of 40 mammalian species in an African savanna. Scientific Data 2: 150026.

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