Jan 27 2012
When you play today’s “quiz” you’ll be teaching a computer how to think.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is building a new interactive bird identification tool and they need your help. In yesterday’s eNewsletter they wrote:
To help you identify birds online, the Cornell Lab’s web team is building a new tool called “Merlin.” Merlin will use artificial intelligence to ask questions and provide suggestions to help you identify what you saw. First, though, Merlin needs to know how people observe and describe birds. Help populate Merlin’s “brain” by trying Mark My Bird, an online activity that asks 18 questions about a species. Play as often as you like to help us build Merlin faster!
Mark My Bird looks like a quiz but it’s actually gathering data for Merlin’s brain. It will show you a photo of a mystery bird but don’t worry, it’s going to identify that bird for you. All you have to do is choose the bird’s group (or say Not Sure), then click on the bird’s body parts and checkmark the colors and patterns you see.
I tried it myself and it’s pretty cool. You can use it to quiz your own bird skills or identify the mystery bird.
Click here or on the screenshot to play Mark My Bird. Teach the computer how to think!