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    Australia Just Invented Shazam For Spiders And It's About Bloody Time

    Siri, will this spider murder or just maim me?

    Ah yes, sweet, sweet Australia — the great, sunburnt country, the land down under and the home of more than 2000 kinds of spiders.

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    Whether you're an Aussie by birthright, by choice, or just a British backpacker here for the summer, chances are you've come across one of our spiders and pondered: "Am I about to meet my end?"

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    Well, in news that will delight anyone who's ever stepped foot on our shores, there's now an app that will tell you exactly what kind of critter you're faced with.

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    It's literally Shazam for spiders and snakes, which people have been crying out for in Australia for YEARS.

    australia really needs to invent a shazam for spiders so i can tell if this thing on the wall is a daddy longlegs or a bitey deathmaker 3000

    Critterpedia is the lovechild of Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and entrepreneurs, Nic and Murray Scare.

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    The tool allows a user to upload a photo of a snake or spider, which a savvy AF algorithm then classifies — providing information on the family, genus or species.

    The artificially intelligent (AI) platform uses the photos provided, as well as other details like GPS location to accurately assess the species.

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    Ultimately, the app aims to provide education and awareness for all Aussies — and could be used as a device to save human and animal lives.

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    'ON YA, MATES.

    The app is still in testing, but you can sign up to be a phase 1 tester of the beta version here.


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