A novel application for AI that we came across this week is using the technology to assess the health of coral reefs. An international team led by researchers at the UK’s University of Exeter and Lancaster University have used AI to analyse the sounds emitted by reefs. These “songs” are made by the rich variety of fish and other creatures that live on the reef – and the presence or absence of these organisms is related to the health of the ecosystem.
The team trained their AI system using audio recordings made at the Mars Coral Reef Restoration Project in Indonesia. The recordings were from both healthy and damaged coral reefs and once trained, the system was able to identify the health of a reef 92% of the time.
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