April 23, 2024 1:46 pm
AI identifies jungle noises

In recent years, scientists have been able to successfully use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze the sounds of bird species in various stages of forest development. This has allowed them to determine the health of rainforests by simply allowing AI to listen.

Through reliable measurements, the AI technology was able to assess how Ecuadorian tropical forests were naturally regenerating after agricultural use of the lands ceased. By recognizing the sounds of local bird species, the AI could accurately determine the stages of species composition, even though it could only classify a fraction of the species identified by experts.

Researchers from Germany, Ecuador, and America suggest that using listening artificial intelligence could be a cost-effective method to monitor the regeneration of tropical forests globally. This approach could ensure the creation of not only carbon sinks but also biodiversity-rich environments in various parts of the world.

The forests studied ranged from pasture land and cocoa plantations to forests of different ages growing in their place, ultimately leading to old primeval forests. The assessment made by the artificial intelligence aligned with that of experts who listened to the sounds of birds, amphibians, mammals, and nocturnal insect species. This indicates that AI can provide an accurate way to monitor forest development and its impact on biodiversity.

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