Critterpedia is a collaboration between creators Nic and Murray Scare and the Australian Federal Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),media CNET reported. This is a machine learning tool designed to automatically identify different types of spiders and snakes. An artificial intelligence-driven algorithm like Critterpedia requires hundreds of thousands of images to be an accurate assessment, so CSIRO and Data 61 hope to get as many people as possible to download Critterpedia and upload images of spiders and snakes they may see in the wild.
“The visual differences between the two species can be quite subtle. We need a lot of training data to fully identify small animals,” said project leader and Data61 researcher Dr. Matt Adcock.
People can sign up for the first phase of the beta version of the app on the Critterpedia website. CSIRO hopes the project will help save human lives, as well as animals.
“By leveraging disruptive, high-end technologies, Critterpedia can lead people to a deeper understanding of our misunderstood wildlife, provide the tools and experiences they need, and have a great education that is key to positive change,” said Nic Scarce, CEO and co-founder of Critterpedia.