How machine learning is being used to help save the world’s bees

How machine learning is being used to help save the world’s bees

November 19, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


For such tiny creatures bees have one of the
biggest jobs in the world. Hi, I’m Katharina! And I am Frederic. We use machine learning to better understand
how nature works. And we’re doing that
by observing bees. Bees have a symbiotic
relationship with nature Plants depend on the pollination of bees, including the
fruits and vegetables that we eat every day. Bees and other insects are dying around the world and we do not know why. We don’t want
the lack of knowledge to be the reason that
bees continue to disappear. I thought, ‘We have to
do something about it’. So we built a hive monitor that uses a camera to
track the bees as they come and go. Bees always return to their queen. If we observe 500
leaving the hive and only 200 returning we can assume
there is a problem in the local ecosystem. We train the model using Tensorflow Google’s open-source
machine learning framework that examines the video
from each hive. But what do we do with
all this data that we collect? We share it with experts so they can make
informed decisions on things like when
to mow lawns and where to plant
trees and flowers so that bees can continue
to power our ecosystem. This tech is only the first step. Us humans will have to
take it from there. To all those putting nature first Search on.