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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

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Chimpanzees in the wild identified by the facial recognition program.

An artificial-intelligence-based facial recognition program has proven effective at detecting and identifying chimpanzees in video footage captured in the wild.

Credit: Primate Research Institute/Kyoto University

Researchers at the University of Oxford in the U.K. have developed a facial recognition artificial intelligence (AI) program that can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

Scientists can use the AI program to reduce the time and resources needed to track animals in their natural habitat.

In addition, the algorithm could help researchers and wildlife conservationists study the complex behaviors of chimpanzees and other primates more efficiently.

The team trained the AI on 50 hours of archival footage—spanning 14 years—of 23 chimpanzees in Bossou, Guinea in West Africa. The footage yielded about 10 million facial images, allowing the algorithm to learn how to continuously track and recognize individuals from raw video footage with 92% accuracy.

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