At first glance, the title of Dauvergne's new book, AI in the Wild , seem disturbing. The wild and the wilderness is something we are used to thinking of as nature itself, the free and untouched, free of human infrastructure, not to mention high-tech surveillance. Surprisingly, the author does not even take the time to mention such scruples: The premise is that the natural systems around the world are in such an all-encompassing crisis that it is a matter of saving what can be salvaged. As in the case of gene therapy and brain implants in medicine, it is difficult to argue against saving lives, but what kind of world are we creating when everything is monitored, hacked and modified?
Drone war against nature
His first example is the underwater drone Rangerbot. It glides around coral reefs equipped with high-resolution cameras and advanced software, which enables it to recognize a certain type of starfish with 99 percent precision. The drone is also armed and shoots these starfish with a poison that kills them. . .
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