12. Predictive Analytics for Wildlife
IBM has created a new predictive analytics software that can be used to collect huge amounts of complex information about wildlife – such as what people think about them, where the animals are located, why they are hunted, how everything from education level to access to medicines impacts their decisions – and figure out the best areas to focus conservation efforts. This high-tech software might be a big key to saving some species.
We’re living in exciting times, as our technology is starting to enable us to come up with better solutions for conservation. Many of these ideas for helping to save endangered species have a common theme – using the data gathering and remote-operating possibilities in our hardware for better monitoring and observation – but there are also decidedly simple ones, such as the beehive fence, which is not only an example of an “appropriate technology,” but one which also serves a dual purpose, by providing a place for keeping bees.