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Facial recognition for chimps searches the internet for stolen baby apes

17/01/2019

Algorithms can be trained to recognize ape faces as well as human faces. Now ChimpFace is being deployed to help track down poachers who put the animals up for sale online. After poachers capture a baby chimp in Nigeria or the Ivory Coast–typically in a brutal process that involves killing the parents and other...
Algorithms can be trained to recognize ape faces as well as human faces. Now ChimpFace is being deployed to help track down poachers who put the animals up for sale online. After poachers capture a baby chimp in Nigeria or the Ivory Coast–typically in a brutal process that involves killing the parents and other nearby adults so they can’t protect the infant–the animal often shows up on Instagram in posts targeting buyers overseas who are looking for a pet ape. A new facial recognition system for chimps may make it easier for conservation nonprofits and law enforcement to find those posts.Read Full Story Algorithms can be trained to recognize ape faces as well as human faces. Now ChimpFace is being deployed to help track down poachers who put the animals up for sale online. After poachers capture a baby chimp in Nigeria or the Ivory Coast–typically in a brutal process that involves killing the parents and other nearby adults so they can’t protect the infant–the animal often shows up on Instagram in posts targeting buyers overseas who are looking for a pet ape. A new facial recognition system for chimps may make it easier for conservation nonprofits and law enforcement to find those posts.Read Full Story
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