This New AI Technology Could Prevent Ships From Colliding With Whales

Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale deaths worldwide and kill more than 80 fin, humpback, and blue whales on the U.S. west coast each year. Many of these ships are enormous – waterborne towers that are often unable to detect whales or their spouts.

This has led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish speed reduction programs along both coasts to protect endangered right whales in the Atlantic Ocean (via “Right Whale Slow Zones”) and humpback, gray and blue whales in the Pacific Ocean (through a voluntary speed reduction program). These measures are highly effective at preventing vessels from fatally colliding with whales by 80 – 90 percent, but are not adopted by all maritime ships.

“One of our goals is to provide real-time whale presence data that will help

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New technology is a ‘science multiplier’ for astronomy

New technology is a "science multiplier" for astronomy
The first image of a black hole by the the Event Horizon Telescope in 2019 was enabled in part b support for the NSF’s Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation program. Credit: NASA

Federal funding of new technology is crucial for astronomy, according to results of a study released Sept. 21 in the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments and Systems.


The study tracked the long-term impact of early seed funding obtained from the National Science Foundation. Many of the key advances in astronomy over the past three decades benefited directly or indirectly from this early seed funding.

Over the past 30 years, the NSF Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation program has supported astronomers to develop new ways to study the universe. Such devices may include cameras or other instruments as well as innovations in telescope design. The study traced the origins of some workhorse technologies in use today back to their humble

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YI Technology Launches Two New Home Security Solutions

YI Technology has made a name for itself as a company that offers products for prices lower than the brand names. It has now announced two new home security solutions, both powered by advanced artificial intelligence (A.I.).

The first is the Kami Mini, an indoor camera with a small form factor that’s perfect for keeping an eye on things inside the house. The Kami Mini uses facial detection and will alert you when it detects human movement. The A.I. helps filter out false alarms caused by pets, insects, and other types of movement.

It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can ask either one of the smart assistants to show the feed on a connected display if you’d like to monitor the camera on a larger feed than your phone.

The Kami Mini is also certified through Noonlight to help users reach the correct emergency center. Customers

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