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Australia develops 'Shazam for spiders and snakes' app to identify animals by taking a photo
by Madeleine Muzdakis

My Modern Met    Translate This Article
13 August 2020

On 13 August 2020 My Modern Met reported: Australian wildlife includes koalas, kangaroos, and 2,000 distinct species of spiders. The confusingly diverse array of arachnids and snakes often inspires both tourists and locals to wonder which time they're encountering at any given time -- is it the dangerous king? After being interrogated on this subject by visiting British relatives, Nic and Murray Scarce found that they struggled to identify many species with simple internet searches. Their difficulty inspired the development of Critterpedia, an app that relies on artificial intelligence (AI) to identify a spider or snake species from a user photo. The app runs similarly to Shazam, which is used to identify a song by listening to a sample clip. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Australia's national science research agency CSIRO jumped on this idea, supporting the Scarces' startup project through their CSIRO Kick-Start initiative. Now, the CSIRO Data61 team is training the algorithm.

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