Responsible AI for conservation

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to be an invaluable tool for nature conservation, but its misuse could have severe real-world consequences for people and wildlife. Conservation scientists discuss how improved metrics and ethical oversight can mitigate these risks.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: Machine learning algorithms on the front line of conservation.

References

  1. 1.

    Darrah, S. E., Bland, L. M., Bachman, S. P., Clubbe, C. P. & Trias-Blasi, A. Divers. Distrib. 23, 435–447 (2017).

  2. 2.

    Kroodsma, D. A. et al. Science 908, 904–908 (2018).

  3. 3.

    Mac Aodha, O. et al. PLoS Comput. Biol. 14, e1005995 (2018).

  4. 4.

    Joppa, L. N. Nature 552, 325–328 (2017).

  5. 5.

    Gorelick, N. et al. Remote Sens. Environ. 202, 18–27 (2017).

  6. 6.

    Kranstauber, B. et al. Environ. Model. Softw. 26, 834–835 (2011).

  7. 7.

    Amodei, D. et al. Preprint at https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.06565 (2016).

  8. 8.

    Collar, N. J. Oryx 32, 239–243 (1998).

  9. 9.

    Doshi-Velez, F. & Kim, B. Preprint at https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.08608 (2017).

  10. 10.

    Tabak, M. A. et al. Methods Ecol. Evol. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13120 (2018).

  11. 11.

    Norouzzadeh, M. S. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 115, E5716–E5725 (2018).

  12. 12.

    Burgman, M. & Possingham, H. P. in Genetics, Demography and Viability of Fragmented Populations (eds Young, A. G. & Clarke, G. M.) 97–112 (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2000).

  13. 13.

    Reed, J. M. et al. Conserv. Biol. 16, 7–19 (2002).

  14. 14.

    Ralls, K., Beissinger, S. R. & Cochrane, J. F. in Population Viability Analysis (eds Beissinger, S. R. & McCullough, D. R.) 521–550 (Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago, 2002).

  15. 15.

    Crawford, K. & Calo, R. T. Nature 538, 311–313 (2016).

  16. 16.

    Zou, J. & Schiebinger, L. Nature 559, 324–326 (2018).

Download references

Author information

Correspondence to Oliver R. Wearn or David M. P. Jacoby.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark