Vigilant AI eavesdrop on illegal logging in forests

Mar 27, 2018, 8:09 AM EDT
(Source: Alex Holyoake/flickr)
(Source: Alex Holyoake/flickr)

Human activities guzzle somewhere around 80,000 to 150,000 square kilometers of forests every year, with criminals accounting for 90 percent of the tropical deforestation as suggested by the U.N. stats.

A team of engineers and developers at San Francisco-based nonprofit, Rainforest Connection, seeks to combat this illegal logging with a solar-powered, sensor-equipped system that records the sounds of the forest and uploads them on remote servers in real time, notes Futurism.

Google’s AI framework TensorFlow analyses the recordings to pick suspicious noises such as chainsaws and logging trucks. For such high-tech systems to be truly effective, they must be conjugated with strict laws and a quick-response apparatus to avert surreptitious logging.