AI used to detect bird calls

AI can identify every tweet – from birds!

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a very powerful tool. There will be millions of ways to use it provided it doesn’t develop to the point where it uses us! Conrad Young has created an artificial intelligence service called chirrup.ai which can analyse recordings of birdsong and name the birds that made those sounds. This will avoid …

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Pigeons are great. Don’t treat them as pests and vermin

A lot of people, perhaps most people, treat pigeons as pest and vermin. They don’t like the fact that they defecate. They don’t like the fact that there are lots of them. They don’t like the fact that they are successful. Humans don’t like other animals to be as successful as them. And on the …

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Why do we like birdsong and Hans Zimmer’s music? It’s in our DNA.

Well, we don’t like all birdsong. We like listening to the birdsong of certain species which produce melodious, music-like sounds which are nonetheless high frequency and very quiet. And they have a certain complexity which makes them more like music. We don’t like the sounds of magpies particularly because they are raucous and rough and …

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