Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Count Them In?

July 30, 2013

The other day a forest ranger was describing how volunteers count butterflies on a certain weekend every year. She said that the event is set up to avoid, for the most part, counting the same butterfly twice.

I started wondering if Google Glasses might someday be programmed to notice the individual differences in each butterfly’s pattern, so that when a person spots a butterfly the image will immediately be sent to a database and the computer could tell automatically if that particular butterfly had already been spotted. It would sure take a lot of the guesswork out of the situation.

Maybe someday when I’m feeling energetic I’ll contact Google and suggest it.

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