Ep. 62 Show Notes | Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Wave in Conservation with Alex Robillard

What is Episode 62 all about?

I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that we are in the middle of a tech boom. Tech startups are popping up everywhere, cars are becoming more and more sophisticated and will probably all be electric soon, the medical field is making insane advances in medicine, and AI, or Artificial Intelligence, has become a part of our daily lives. While many industries in the tech world are growing at record paces and becoming quite saturated, others are lagging behind. I’m sure you can guess which field I’m referring to: conservation. What is the next wave of tech for wildlife and nature? Well, that question is what today’s episode is all about.

Today we’re sitting down with Alex Robillard, who’s an expert on using AI for wildlife conservation through machine learning. Don’t worry – if you have no idea how machine learning or artificial intelligence actually work, Alex breaks it all down and gives the 101-level explanation (because I asked for it haha). Alex shares his story of growing up in a broken home which forced him to spend a lot of time out in nature while playing Pokemon on his Gameboy. His early experiences fostered his passion for tech and the outdoors, and he knew from a young age that he wanted a career that connected the two. Although he barely graduated from high school, Alex will soon be Dr. Robillard, Ph.D.

I’m very excited to bring you this new topic on the Rewildoloy Podcast and will keep you all in the loop as more techy things develop in Alex’s world.

Alright, let’s get to today’s episode with Alex.

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Alex’s Websites
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander-Robillard
University of Maryland: https://www.umces.edu/directory/alexander-robillard
Smithsonian: https://datascience.si.edu/people/alex-robillard
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajrobillard

Books
Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence by Kate Crawford
https://www.amazon.com/Atlas-AI-Kate-Crawford/dp/0300209576

SEE Shell App
https://www.seeturtles.org/see-shell

Other Resources
fast.ai by Jeremey Howard: https://www.fast.ai/

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