【百度为流浪猫建立智能避难所,用人工智能来鉴别猫狗】

【百度为流浪猫建立智能避难所,用人工智能来鉴别猫狗】据百度称,只有40%的流浪猫能撑过冬天。百度为流浪猫建立了“智能猫舍”,当猫接近避难所时,AI面部识别相机会扫描鉴别它们不是狗,百度称能检测多达174种猫。进出靠“刷脸”,屋内设备还能在300毫秒内扫描常见的猫病,如猫口炎、皮炎等。

Baidu builds smart shelter for stray cats that uses AI to tell the difference between felines and dogs

  • Baidu's Smart Cattery uses AI and facial recognition so strays can come and go
  • Inside, the shelter has more cameras that can scan for diseases and sterilization
  • The Chinese firm says the shelter is capable of detecting up to 174 cat breeds 

Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats.

Its 'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases.

The shelters could prove to be a safe haven for many felines subjected to harsh conditions outdoors in the wintertime.

Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats. Its 'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases

Wan Xi, a computer engineer at Baidu, first developed the idea when he saw a cat hiding in his car last winter.

He decided he could put Baidu's AI software to work in a way that could help strays.

'At first, I just wanted to provide them with a warm place in winter with food and water that is not frozen,' Xi told The People's Daily, a state-run news site.

In Beijing, temperatures can drop as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, which means cats have to endure rough conditions in winter months.

Baidu noted that only about 40 percent of stray cats successfully survive the cold winters.

'For stray cats, winter is almost fatal,' Baidu wrote in a tweet.

'Using AI and Baidu's EasyDL' platform, a Baidu engineer has devised an AI Smart Cattery to shelter stray cats and help them survive Beijing's cold winter.'

Xi worked with other Baidu team members to construct the shelters, which appear to be made out of wood.

When a cat approaches the shelter, a facial recognition camera scans their face to determine they're not a dog.

Baidu said its animal recognition technology is capable of identifying as many as 174 different types of cats.

Each cat enters through a small hole in the side of the structure, which is revealed after a wooden latch moves out of the way.

After a cat enters, the doors shuts behind them and they can exit the structure using the same facial recognition technology.

There are also cameras located inside the structure, which Baidu claims can scan for common cat diseases like feline stomatitis, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, traumatic injuries and dermatitis in as little as 300 milliseconds.

Wan Xi, a computer engineer at Baidu, developed the idea when he saw a cat hiding in his car last winter. He decided he could put Baidu's AI software to work in a way that could help strays

Once inside, cats can enjoy perches and huts for sleeping in or on top of. There's also toys, water, food and a temperature controlled environment at roughly 80 degrees Fahrenheit

Additionally, Baidu Brain's EasyDL algorithm can tell whether a cat has been neutered within the same span of 300 milliseconds.

Cameras are also equipped with night vision technology and motion detection so that stray cats can come and go even when it's dark outside.

Once inside, cats can enjoy perches and huts for sleeping in or on top of.

There's also a litter box, toys, water, food and a temperature controlled environment at roughly 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The structure is equipped with what Baidu describes as a 'fresh air system,' that can monitor oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the cat litter, 'keeping the air in the cat litter room fresh.'

It's unclear whether Baidu plans to deploy the shelters at a bigger scale or if it's just a small project.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6697115/Baidu-builds-smart-shelter-stray-cats-uses-AI-tell-difference-felines-dogs.html


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