Technology in the Wild: The Intersection of Autonomous Systems and Wildlife Conservation
Wednesday, October 07, 2020: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Autonomous technologies are becoming more scalable, reliable, and ruggedized as wildlife and environmental conservation is increasingly critical. At this session, a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the landscape of conservation issues that can be improved through the development and application of autonomous technologies. Discussion topics will include current efforts applying autonomous technologies to conservation, the associated technological, environmental, and policy-related challenges, the large-scale ecological implications and considerations, the cost/benefit of using technology to address these issues, other areas of conservation apt for technological intervention, and thoughts toward the future: How can autonomous technologies go beyond conservation assistance and address root causes that threaten species and resources? How might conservation needs evolve and how can we proactively prepare? Does using technology to protect the wild undermine the concept of wilderness?