What AI hears can save the rainforest

Rainforest Connection
United States (San Francisco)

The sounds of the rainforest include: the chirps of birds, the buzz of cicadas, the banter of gibbons. But in the background is the almost-always present sound of a chainsaw, from illegal loggers.

Topher White founded the nonprofit Rainforest Connection with the intent of creating a low-cost monitor that could help remote communities in their efforts to halt illegal logging. Brutal deforestation is an enormous threat to tropical habitats. Now your old phone can be a guardian of the rainforest.

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Lisa Goldapple, Editor-in-chief, Atlas of the Future (12 March 2020)

Project leader

Topher White

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