PLoS Ecology blog

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“Conservation Metrics, a company based in Santa Cruz, California, develops software designed to differentiate between the sounds that scientists want to hear, like the cheeps and chirps of bird chatter, and everything else. It’s the same type of voice recognition analysis that smartphones use when they ‘listen’ and talk back to you – and as with your cellphone, the challenge for the software is the sheer volume of background noise.

“It’s like Siri constantly trying to figure out what someone’s saying, in the middle of Grand Central Station, on speaker phone,” said Matthew McKown, CEO of the company.