The Conversation: AI is learning from our encounters with nature – and that’s a concern

The Conversation: AI is learning from our encounters with nature – and that’s a concern. “The idea seems wonderful – a phone app that allows you to take a photo of a plant or animal and receive immediate species identification and other information about it. A ‘Shazam for nature’ so to speak. We are building huge repositories of data related to our natural environments, making this idea a reality. But there are ethical concerns that should be addressed: about how data is collected and shared, who has the right to share it and how we use public data for machine learning. And there’s a bigger concern – whether such apps change what it means to be human.”