"You’ve seen the art AI image generators can create, and you may have played
with natural language AI chatbots. You’ve benefited from artificial
intelligence tools recommending you music and suggesting your next streaming
But AI can do much more. Humans are excellent at spotting patterns. It’s why we
see faces on Mars or in the clouds. But in some areas, AI is even better. Give
one of these tools a million photographs and ask it to spot telltale signs
– and it can. AI can enable research at scales previously impossible.
We’ve used AI’s exceptional pattern recognition to trawl through satellite
images and map the tonnes of plastic pollution threatening our seas – in real
time. Already, this technique has found more than 4,000 unreported informal
dumps next to rivers. This is useful, given just ten rivers contribute nearly
all the plastic entering our oceans.
This is just the start. So far, AI has shown promise in our projects mapping
seagrass meadows from space and finding unknown reefs likely to harbour
heat-resilient coral. Soon, we hope we’ll be able to put AI on the job to find
out exactly what fish live where – without ever seeing them."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics