Imagine, you are on vacation and you hear a bird that you are unfamiliar with. You pull out your smartphone, record the call and seconds later, you have the name and photo of the bird call you were hearing. This is not a distant reality according to this article below. Much like electronic playback of bird calls, this new technology will call into question more ethical implications of being able to identify a particular bird. It would be cool to say, walk into the Ojibway Nature center and have a live board publish the most recent birds that have vocalized out back near the feeders.
The press release of this impressive software can be found here.
The interesting thing about this article is that as I was reading it, I thought about my Computer Science 4th year paper, in which I implemented a dynamic-programing algorithm for string matching fragments of DNA. This application was written in the Java programming language. Back in 2001, I also made my Yahoo email account, dwaynejava. ... Hence the name dwaynejava.
A Youtube video describing the software is shown below. A good birder knows how to bird by ear, but this will help people that are not in their region or novices to learn bird calls.