If that INDIVIDUAL is an AI consultant, I have a hard time understanding your grievance with this. They were raising money to pay for something, right? Something to make the app better? More reliable? Probably hard to find all subject matter experts --entomology, app developer, AI designer -- in one person. Perhaps they are outsourcing that component?When the project was first posted, the project stated that the money was going towards improving the app. Then its updated to show its going to A individual. Kickstarter projects don't typically raise money to PAY A INDIVIDUAL.
I have my doubts about this thing. But I am guessing that people had their doubts back in the early 20th century, when a guy in lederhosen claimed he could pinpoint the direction and distance of a nectar source from a hive based on forager bee gyrations within the darkness of a box. Sound indicators seem less far-fetched to me than this.
Stranger things than this have panned out in the past. Most don't. But I like to be supportive of those I deem are making a serious effort at innovation. I liked the Flow Hive concept. Never bought one. Never looked into buying one. But a group of people put a hell of a lot of time and effort into its design and development. My understanding is that it is not that great of a product. But I never understood the people shouting them down from Day 1, acting like it was some type of apostasy to beekeeping. Christ, it is hard enough bringing new ideas to market.
1 breakthrough for every 100 ideas would be successful in my book. Maybe something comes out of the research. Perhaps not a magic wand that diagnoses a hive from the comfort of your couch. But something.