How Game Theory and Artificial Intelligence Help Wildlife Conservation by Outwitting Poachers

Researchers developed new AI-derived application employing game theory that can efficiently map out randomized and effective patrol route to prevent poaching.(Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Poaching is one of the greatest threats in the conservation of wildlife, and even patrol rangers’ extreme efforts are not enough to completely fend off poachers, especially in very large protected areas. “In most parks, ranger patrols are poorly planned, reactive rather than pro-active, and habitual,” said Fei Fang, a Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department at the University of Southern California, in a statement. With these in mind, researchers, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office, have developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based application employing game theory to efficiently map out patrol routes and areas. According to the…


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