(TIME) — These researchers are using AI drones to more safely track wildlife.
Conservation technology nonprofit WildTrack is using AI-powered drones to rethink how we track wildlife in a non-invasive way.
The researchers published their findings in 2001, igniting a controversy in the conservation world. The problem, says Duke University professor of conservation ecology Stuart Pimm, is that being “collared” is extremely stressful for animals. “If you were walking through your neighborhood and suddenly a bunch of strange people came charging after you … and you got shot in the ass with a dart and woke up with something around your neck, I think you’d be in pretty bad shape too,” he says.