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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First. ...

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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First.

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By satyamkapoor |Email | Mar 22, 2018 | 5940 Views

A machine learning tool by Google is being used these days to detect and act against illegal deforestation. Rainforest connection, a San Francisco based non profit organization, has come up with a cheap, rigorous acoustic monitoring system which is made from modified cell phones and solar panels. There is an app on the so called Guardian devices, that can be hidden in trees throughout forests. It continuously listens for the major signs of animal poaching and illegal logging.


The organization announced that it will make use of Google's Tensorflow, which is a free tool that makes it simpler for other companies and groups to develop machine learning based software. Rainforest connection said that it will enable their organization to more precisely detect troubling sounds in the uploaded audio like the ones from vehicles, chainsaw and even gunshots.


Why does this matter?

It is important since deforestation reduces biodiversity, promotes desertification and increases erosion. Trees that have been felled also release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which accounts for around 10 percent of global emissions and drive climate change as per a report from NASA. Of all the logging done in tropical countires, somewhere between 50 to 90 percent is illegal as per a 2012 report by Interpol and UN.

Source: HOB