NASA changed the tasks of some of its devices that originally photographed stars, now they are exploring the ocean. But scientists need the help of volunteers – so the agency has created a game in which users analyze 3D images to detect and classify coral reefs. This helps train NASA’s supercomputer, which is also learning these activities.
The game uses photographs taken using NASA equipment, which she placed on unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft. These liquid-lens cameras compensate for optical distortion caused by ripples and waves of water above the coral reefs, creating a sharper image.
Players learn about the different types of corals and then indicate where they see reefs in 3D rendering. The more people playing, the faster the computer’s neural network learns. She must learn to sort photos without resorting to human help.
Researchers have explained that these ecosystems are threatened, so it’s important to get a deeper understanding of coral reefs. By creating a map, scientists will be able to find a way to preserve them, despite the damage caused by rising ocean temperatures, environmental pollution, and other harmful factors.