Spiders' webs are unique from species to species, so something like this giant cave spider and this decoy-building spider can be told apart by their webs, despite being equally terrifying. But why rely on the human eye to determine a species when you're scouring an area for spiders that live there? Just have an artificial intelligence do it for you.
New Scientist reports that researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain pored over photos of webs and eventually developed a pattern-recognition system that can determine a spider's species by starting from the complex center of an abandoned web, then correlating it with the rest of the web. They've gotten to 99.6 percent accuracy with the technique, and are looking into expanding the technology to other animals and insects, although it's not clear which ones yet.
Well, if technology is going to replace a job, "Spiderweb Counter" probably won't be missed too much.
Spider webs and humans have this in common. Recently I read an article by monitoring the routine daily patterns of people via their GPS, the individual can be indentified.
Ah, I found it, the link of what I refering too, YEA!
How your movements create a GPS 'fingerprint'
And this too this article is a good read too:
It interesting how the science of patterns could be used to remove privacy of citizens.....
and of course another good read:
"...Japanese phone giant KDDI Corporation has developed technology that tracks even the tiniest movement of the user and beams the information back to HQ..."
Oh, the spider web identification article is interesting too. ;)