There's a sea cow in this picture. Google can spot it, can you?

There's a sea cow in this picture. Google can spot it, can you?
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Google isn't just using AI to replace humans, it's also doing good in the world. Google's open source TensorFlow neural network software is at the heart of a new project to help save the endangered (and extremely cute) sea cow.

As it turns out, despite being quite large, sea cows are really hard to keep track of. Researchers are using drones to take aerial photos of the ocean, but detecting the marine animals is quite challenging... at least for humans.

Here's a picture Google shared with us of one of the shots taken by a drone:

Can you spot the sea cow?

Scroll down for the answer.

Here it is:

Using Google's open-source TensorFlow software, researcher Amanda Hodgson of Murdoch University and her team built a detector to find sea cows in the photos. An early version of their detector could find 80 per cent of the sea cows in the aerial drone shots, and they expect the AI to improve performance over time. Eventually, the AI could be used not only for sea cows, but for other endangered species such as humpback whales and dolphins as well.

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