Artificial Intelligence to Make Peace With Humans and Sharks
Over the years, worldwide, sharks have been attacking and killing humans. In the same breath, humans have been doing the same thing to sharks, attacking, and killing them.
So, if both creatures are attacking and killing each other, which one is the victim? Whichever answer you chose, I am certain, it will be debatable.
Now, before we decide to take sides, whether the sharks’ or the humans’, it is imperative that we do some investigating.
When a shark attacks a human being, whatever the reason, where does it occur? Yes, more than likely, such an incident occurs in the shark’s natural habitat, the water. Similarly, if humans are attacking sharks, it would most likely occur in the sharks’ habitation, the water.
However, if by chance, an attack from whichever species occurred outside of the water, then, one could bet and be certain of winning, that the shark is not responsible for being out of the water.
Now that we have investigated, we can safely say that, under those circumstances, the shark, in most cases, would be the victim. Now, since humans have to trespass in the shark’s natural habitat, then, of course, humans should accept the roles as the perpetrators, and should, therefore, put measures in place to prevent harming the sharks.
One must remember, though, that in most shark attacks, the shark was unprovoked. We describe these as wanton attacks purely in the sense that we are seeing things from a human point of view. Therefore, the humans’ encroachment could be provocation enough for the sharks to launch an attack.
Take Australia for example: deaths from wanton shark attacks in Australian waters are the highest globally. No wonder, Australians, who have interest in the water have been demanding drastic measures to stem the attacks. These measures, the shark nets, and drum lines, however, have one thing in common; they kill the sharks.
Now, though, there is hope for the sharks, the surfers, the divers, those who attend beaches and others who have interest in the water bodies in one way or another. All of these main players will be protected.
This new hope will protect both sharks and humans from each other. It will alert humans in the water of the presence of sharks long before the sharks reach their vicinity. Therefore, if and when it is initiated, lethal measures which are now in place to protect humans from sharks can be lifted, as the dangers to humans would be considerably reduced or obliterated.
This solution will take the form of artificial intelligence, in which the developers will create a surveillance system that will detect sharks in the water. This surveillance system will consist of a fleet of drones developed by the Ripper Group, that will hover above the water to spot sharks in the area.
How will the drones determine a shark from other sea creatures as also humans? Answer: they will utilize an artificial intelligence system mixed with an algorithm known as SharkSpotter. The SharkSpotter will be able to tell the difference between a shark and other users of the sea. This technology is already in use in New South Wales and Queensland on the Australian east coast.
“It is not expected that an AI system will work straight away after deployment, as there are many unknown scenarios,” according to Nabin Sharma, a lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. “It will become better and more accurate based on further fine-tuning.”
If the Australian authorities introduce artificial intelligence on a wider scale, then, humans and sharks will better coexist as there will be fewer humans/sharks encounter in the Australian waters. Who knows, there may be none to record. In this situation, both entities win.