Ancient 'Acropolis of the sea' opens to divers

  • Friday 31, July 2020 04:33 PM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: An ancient shipwreck in Greece, guarded by modern-day artificial intelligence, opens to the public for the first time.
Hidden and protected for millennia, an ancient shipwreck in Greece is opening to the public for the first time.

Access to underwater sites is typically restricted in Greece to preserve their integrity. But authorities can now allow recreational diving at the shipwreck, thanks to modern-day artificial intelligence.

Using image recognition software, the underwater cameras can also alert administrators instantly if the wreck is in danger of being disturbed.

The system, called NOUS (Undersea Vision Surveillance System) works with an algorithm that can recognize the difference between a fish, a robotic vehicle or a diver, even at night.

Dimitris Kourkoumelis, an underwater archaeologist, says this technology could make more archeological sites accessible to the public.