Computer ID of birds

To: Birding-Aus Aus <>
Subject: Computer ID of birds
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:34:31 +1100
Dear B-A,

Cornell Lab of Ornithology is developing a project called Merlin. This aim of 
this project is to develop software that enables computers to identify birds 
from images. See

Given the advances in human biometrics, I imagine that computer ID of birds is 
quite doable. Wonder how long it will take for the technology to appear in 
handheld devices? After all, how many of us say, 10-15 years ago, would have 
thought that an all singing, all dancing field guide in a smartphone type 
device would be possible?

An interesting space to watch.


Carl Clifford

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