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Deploying AI algorithms in the fight against human-caused extinctions

February 08, 2019 / Caitlin Stanway-Williams

Last year, the WWF released one of the most shocking statistics of all-time: Humanity has wiped out 60% of the world's mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, casting a gruesomely stark light on the damage we as a species are doing to our world. "We are sleepwalking toward the edge of a cliff," said Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF. "If there was a 60% decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania. That is the scale of what we have done." You are not alone in feeling hopeless in the face of such devastating facts, especially in a world where the innovation driving us forward is also a big part of what is causing the environmental problems that threaten to destroy us. However, innovation may have just given us our best ally in the fight against mass extinction: AI.