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A.I. could monitor farms from above to make sure they’re not illegally polluting

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The idea of an artificial intelligence that watches from the skies, seeking out wrongdoing, sounds all a bit sci-fi dystopia.

Actually, it describes a new deep learning A.I.

being developed to help detect farms that are illegally polluting waterways.

“According to the [Environmental Protection Agency], agriculture is the leading contributor of pollutants to the waterways of the United States,” Daniel E. Ho, co-lead author on the project, told Digital Trends.

“Intensive livestock agriculture facilities — known in the United States as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) — are responsible for roughly 40% of U.S. livestock production.

But environmental monitoring and enforcement has been hampered by the lack of systematic knowledge about these facilities.

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