Campaign Coverage 2020

Artificial intelligence system aimed at preventing drownings

EASTON, Pa. — The device resembles a stingray, except it doesn’t patrol the water in search of prey -- rather than threaten humans, it aims to save them. It’s much louder, too ? emitting a piercing, high-pitched alarm when it sees a motionless human head beneath the pool’s surface for more than 15 seconds. The machine, which a Pennsylvania YMCA branch is testing, uses artificial intelligence to recognize body parts and learn how humans act in the pool in an effort to prevent drownings

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