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New app turns gamers into ocean explorers

Feb 27, 2024



Technology has greatly improved our ability to visualize the ocean, but the trove of images and video we have collected vastly exceeds our capacity for analysis. Artificial intelligence can address this deluge of data.

Ocean Vision AI, a collaboration led by MBARI, is building a global community around underwater visual data. The team’s new FathomVerse video game aims to teach casual gamers about the ocean while improving machine learning models and expanding annotated datasets.

FathomVerse creates an immersive ocean environment where gamers interact with real images collected by researchers and contribute to the process of teaching AI how to classify marine animals. The beta launch in 2023 drew 1,396 players from 65 countries. Now, the team is preparing to release the FathomVerse app this spring, allowing anyone with a smartphone or tablet to take part in ocean exploration and discovery. Visit to learn more.

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