Not long ago, I was perusing an issue of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute official publication, it's like a journal of what they are doing in the way of research there. There was an interesting article in the Spring 2013 edition titled “JAABA: Automating the Human Observer – This Software Can Learn to ID Animal Behavior,” by Jennifer Micholowski.
The article discussed how artificial intelligence was able to recognize such things as when a walk became or run or a walk became an evading movement, or when a predator went from stalking to chasing. The software could work on wild animals in the jungle, insects like fruit flies, or even, yes, humans too. It seems this is something that most species on earth can do very easily, including a fruit fly with a very small number of receptors and neurons, but computer software with sensors has a tougher time with.
Humans can readily recognize when something is trying to evade or escape, or when something has changed from observing to action. Kittens when playing do this, and you can observe them and know what will happen next, rarely kitten A will run and try to pounce on kitten B. Kitten B will see kitten A coming and either evade or move to engage. So, how are living creatures capable to do this easily? Obviously, evolution has had something to do with it, because if you can not recognize an advancement or threat, that threat could harm you and end your life, causing you not to reproduce, then, Darwin's survival of the fittest comes into play – basic stuff right?
Sure, but these researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute have programmed a computer to recognize such things. Their strategy turns out to work, but I'd like to take this conversation to another level if I might. Now then, consider the Doppler Affect, when things are moving away they appear read, when coming towards us they appear blue, but what about when the wing of a fly is accelerating, the fly as of yet is not moving, it's just getting ready too, ramping up its lift capacity if you will, the equivalent of a jet engine spooling up to maximum power.
When those wings flap they will be in essence blinking red-blue-red-blue, so is the human eye such that it picks this up, triggering a notice? After all, sudden movements catch our eyes very quickly and as an Earth species we are hardly alone in this. Now then, what if we designed sensors to pick up those extra frequency waves of red or blue light? What if we can make our sensors pick up the anomalies or the minute changes in “Rhythmic Pattern” and thus, see “Insect In-Flight Acceleration of Movement” just like an electronic eye detector in a car wash or a motion detector system only using a different methodology?