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scienceintermedia develops Virtual HyperDiver

This year’s exhibition tour of the MS Wissenschaft starts in Berlin, on May 16. From May till October the floating science center will be anchored in over 25 cities in Germany and Austria. On board: the Virtual HyperDiver, the exhibit’s contribution to the Year of Science 2019 “Artificial Intelligence (AI)” which scienceintermedia developed together with the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Bremen have developed a learning system that allows to map coral reefs faster and more comprehensively than ever before. Under the motto “Researching and protecting coral reefs”, the Virtual HyperDiver invites you to playfully engage in the research work of marine microbiology.

In an exciting allocation game, the task is to recognize the various reef inhabitants such as corals, sea cucumbers and algae only on the basis of their color spectra. First, visitors memorize the color spectra through an eyepiece in the learning mode. In the challenge mode, they have to prove how well their allocation ability works under time pressure. The visitors compete against artificial intelligence: anyone who assigns more organisms to the right diagrams in shorter time wins.

Playfully explore how AI helps to protect the marine environment

In the game, visitors learn, in essence, similar to artificial intelligence, to recognize organisms only on the basis of their color information.

The technology developed in the research project is presented in a lovingly designed animated film. For those who want to learn more about the project and the research work at Max Planck, an integrated media library offers many exciting insights.

The HyperDiver project: AI for the protection of ecosystems

Coral reefs are very rich in species and extremely sensitive to changes. We have to protect their diversity, but we can only protect what we know. The HyperDiver uses artificial intelligence to determine the biodiversity and health of a reef. For this purpose it is equipped with special cameras that are also used in satellites and provides it with additional information. The HyperDiver is transported over the reef by a diver and it photographs the reef dwellers. These photos are initially used to train the artificial intelligence of the HyperDiver. Afterwards, it can independently and reliably recognize corals, sponges, starfish, sea cucumbers and anemones.

Habitats around the world are changing faster and faster due to global warming, tourism and resource extraction, among other factors. This change can hardly be explored with conventional methods. The artificial intelligence of the HyperDiver can collect more accurate data of the coral reef in less time than humans.

Exhibition for the Year of Science 2019

The Year of Science 2019 is dedicated to the topic of artificial intelligence. How does artificial intelligence work? How will we shape the cooperation between man and machine in the future? Which ethical questions arise? What effects does artificial intelligence have on our coexistence as a society? How do I shape up for the digitized labor market of tomorrow? These are just a few of the questions in the Science Year 2019.

The exhibition is usually open from 10 am to 7 pm. School classes can already register at 9 o’clock at the exhibition. Please check shortly before your visit in the tour schedule, if there are any differences in the opening hours.