How does Wildbook want to do this?
The key, according to Cnet, lies in using open-source software and artificial intelligence. Wildbook through various media – including YouTube and Flickr – receives data on animals which has been uploaded by people. Once the images or content is uploaded, Wildbook is able to find the same animal in various images. This then helps researchers and conservations to gather accurate data about that particular species. Through Wildbook, according to Cnet, researchers can get relatively accurate data about animals, including eating habits, more information about their habitat among others. When uploading animal photos, the user can also include additional data like the animal’s sex, approximate age, location, other animals nearby and more.
But how is it like Facebook? Just like every user on Facebook gets a profile, each animal on Wildbook gets their own profile and all the relevant information is mentioned and easily accessible. Through he profile, researchers can take a call and see if any particular animal is actually facing extinction or how their population is gradually declining or not.