MONKEY ISLAND, Liberia — All was quiet when the motorboat puttered to a stop. Saltwater lapped at the narrow sandy shore. Mangrove leaves fluttered in the breeze. Then the man in a blue life jacket cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted: Hoo hoo!
Jane Goodall, 85, is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees and is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. Her groundbreaking research helped redefine the way we think about humankind’s closest living relatives and challenged long-standing scientific beliefs including that human beings are the only species to make and use tools. She became an activist to combat environmental crises.
Imagine your life being constantly disrupted by monkeys. Every day, growing in confidence and numbers, they come into your home or place of work, looking for food, creating a mess and sometimes becoming aggressive.
For many people in India, this is an all too familiar occurrence.
So, what would you do? One researcher, through a Microsoft AI for Earth grant, is using artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and her passion for the animal kingdom to help solve the problem.