Google’s new AI model ‘listens’ to killer whales to help protect the species

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“Google‘s AI team has developed a new model to protect the endangered species of killer whales known as orcas in the Salish Sea.

According to the Center for Whale Research, there are only 73 Southern Resident orcas — a subspecies of the killer whale — left in the world. So Google has teamed up with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to monitor their condition and alert experts in the event of sickness or accidents across 12 locations.

“Google‘s team trained its AI model using 1,800 hours of underwater audio and 68,000 labels that identified the origin of the sound. When the model ‘hears’ sound of a whale, it displays its location on  Rainforest Connection, an acoustic monitoring system for animals.”

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