Kate Jones is a leading British biodiversity scientist. Her particular interest is in understanding past and present patterns of global biodiversity to predict future impact of global change on our planet. Kate’s research spans dinosaur macroecology, ant biodiversity, predicting where the next emerging infectious disease will strike to bats. Kate will review some of the latest advances in sensors used to monitor wildlife and machine learning approaches to analyse the big biodiversity data gathered. She argues that although technological advances have undoubtedly contributed to the over-exploitation of natural resources and decline of wild nature, technology can also help us to better understand the natural world and to further engage people with their environment.