Thomson Reuters: Treetop sensors help Indonesia eavesdrop on forests to curb illegal logging

Using artificial intelligence, audio sensors detect the sound of chainsaws to help local officials address illegal logging in the Indonesian rainforest. Rainforest Connection is recording sounds to protect vulnerable ecosystems in a dozen countries with funding from some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Google and Huawei. Thomson Reuters discusses Rainforest Connection’s origins and its mission to build an acoustic “nervous system” of the natural world, with a focus on Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal logging and its impacts on climate and the livelihoods of local people.

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