Technology has brought some key elements to bring significant changes in human lives and sustainability, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the latest and most amazing technology inclusions on the list, particularly as AI can help clean up our oceans and waterways.
AI can be defined as a technology that empowers machines to perform tasks in a manner that resembles applying human intelligence. AI can be useful to make manual tasks faster and more accurate, and take actions based on human logic and analytical thinking. According to Market.us, the global Artificial Intelligence market was valued to be worth USD 129.28 billion in 2022. From 2023 to 2032, it is estimated to reach USD 2,967.51 billion growing at a CAGR of 36.8%.
The application of AI has been primarily utilized in the digital platform to provide faster and more efficient responses to users. With the development of more advanced AI-enabled systems, various tools and techniques are now available that can provide facilities using intelligent actions and demonstrate abilities of decision making based on analytical thinking. Scientists and researchers are developing AI-based systems that help to get easy access to those areas that usually humans can’t reach and extract useful information for necessary investigation and analysis.
The menace of plastic pollution is severely affecting the oceans as most of the plastic waste, which is non-biodegradable, goes to the ocean causing pollution and threatening the survival of marine species. It is necessary to identify the types, location, and amount of plastic waste in the ocean accurately and arrange cleaning up without arming the marine creatures. Scientists are working on innovative tools and techniques that utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a variety of ways to investigate, understand and protect the oceans from plastic pollution. Identifying minute plastic wastes on the water surface and advanced underwater monitoring systems are some of the ways where AI is creating solutions for the problems of plastic pollution affecting the oceans and marine lives. Advanced AI-based technology is helping us to create more intelligent and effective systems to detect and monitor plastic debris.
There are several ways AI can be used to identify, control and reduce plastic waste ending up in rivers and oceans. Some of the latest methods are mentioned as follows:
The solution to the plastic pollution problem in oceans and waterways requires a clear understanding of its dimensions and severity. The knowledge about the volume and types of plastic waste accumulated in the ocean is very important to take appropriate actions. The AI-based systems provide accurate and adequate information that determines the design of cleanup systems, the logistics of implementing the process, the methods for segregating plastic, and the cost involved. The AI–based innovative monitoring systems with robotic technologies are widely used to identify plastic waste in oceans and waterways and expedite actions for cleaning. Using AI based-systems to clean our oceans and waterways can be an excellent way to accelerate the circular economy.
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