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Video: How AI Tech Is Used to Take Down Poachers

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Poaching is a massive problem for the elephant and rhinoceros populations in countries like South Africa and Kenya.

The World Wildlife Fund has recently implemented some new technologies in wildlife preserves to combat poachers. Thermal imaging from tech company Flir lets rangers keep their eye on endangered animals at all times, and stop poachers in their tracks.

These thermal imaging cameras, whether they're mounted on poles, attached to moving vehicles, or held by hand can see as far as a mile. The fixed-position cameras feedback to a central command where an artificial intelligence algorithm trained to detect human movement sends out an alert when poachers are spotted.

Next up?Thermal imaging on drones.

To learn more, check out the video below from Wired

By Caitlin Fairchild December 1, 2016

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