Adopting animals to aid conservation is nothing new. However, a nature conservancy in the Seychelles is taking the concept even further - and bringing it into the 21st century. They have used the power of the blockchain to create the world’s first ‘digital species’.
A satellite-based system for the observation of animals can assist in researching infectious diseases, forecasting natural disasters and protecting species.
Keeping an eye on the health of endangered species is key to helping their recovery - and ensuring their survival. But getting close enough in the first place can be a major challenge.
Researchers are using satellite imagery to monitor whales from space, to speed up and streamline conservation efforts and also better understand the state of their natural environment.
Environmental monitoring technology has traditionally been powered by batteries and solar panels, but now nature itself could become a power source.
Technological solutions are increasingly being used in the fight against poaching. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya has founded a brand new lab to build the next generation of digital conservation technology.
Sloths might not be the first animal that comes to mind when it comes to designing robots, but their super slow lifestyle could hold the key for the energy-efficient monitoring robots of the future.
Algorithms based on Google's face recognition software are now able to identify individual dolphins based on only their dorsal fins - boosting conservation efforts.