Embedded Technology and Conservation

Artificial neural networks or ANNs are rough electronic models that are designed to mimic the neural structure of the brain. They have been widely used in the field of biometrics for a wide range of purposes including identifying specific individuals among a crowd. Now, they have gone on to serve bigger purposes.

Today, ANN based chips are being embedded into endangered organisms to keep them protected from extinction. Technology has allowed humans to exploit the oceans for several resources, especially meat. This has caused certain species of fish to become endangered. One such example is the Bluefin Tuna.

Researcher Barbara Block from Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station is heading a project, where ANN based chips are being embedded into Bluefin Tunas to keep them protected. These chips will be used for the purpose of tracking them in the Atlantic Ocean. The chips can indicate exact locations, which will help conservationists identify possible threats in the area.

The chips will also help researchers and scientists study the behavior and habits of the species. It will help them understand more about the spawning and migration patterns exhibited by the Bluefin Tuna. This will further provide data on how the particular species can be conserved and how fisheries can adapt in order to contribute to the conservation.