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AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies


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Identifying threats to water security.

Researchers in Canada have developed artificial intelligence software that can identify and quantify blue-green algae in water supplies.

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed artificial intelligence (AI) software that can identify and quantify different kinds of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.

Such algae can shut down water systems when it suddenly proliferates.

The AI system uses software in combination with a microscope to inexpensively and automatically analyze water samples for algae cells in about one to two hours, while current systems can take one to two days.

The researchers hope to create an AI system that can continuously monitor water flowing through a microscope for a wide range of contaminants and microorganisms.

From University of Waterloo News
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