Drones driven by AI will track illegal fishing in African waters

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Across the African continent, drones are finding innovative uses — from monitoring displaced populations to delivering critical medical supplies. Moroccan technology startup ATLAN Space is developing artificial intelligence (AI) to guide autonomous drones so they can scan large areas for “environmental crimes” like illegal fishing, poaching or deforestation. In June, ATLAN Space won the National Geographic Society’s $150,000 Marine Protection Prize to implement a pilot project to combat illegal fishing in Seychelles. Drones will be armed with information about illegal fishing hotspots, explains Badr Idrissi, CEO and co-founder of ATLAN Space. Once a drone detects a boat, AI will enable it to verify whether it is a cruising boat, tanker or fishing vessel. The drone will then establish whether the boat is operating inside a marine protected area and if it is an authorized fishing vessel. Continue reading

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a drone powered by artificial intelligence.
Drones powered by artificial intelligence. Photo credit CNN

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