Food & Agriculture


PigProgress - Alibaba: Artificial intelligence inside Chinese pig farms

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As China's largest news network Xinhua reported, a new deal worth millions of yuan has been signed between livestock farming companies the Sichuan Tequ Group, the Dekon Group and Alibaba, China's technology giant. This united approach has the goal of identifying and predicting fertility by analysin...


How lasers and robo-feeders are transforming fish farming

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Fish farming is big business - the industry now produces about 100 million tonnes a year - and with salmon prices soaring, producers are turning to lasers, automation and artificial intelligence to boost production and cut costs. How do you know if farmed salmon have had enough to eat? Well, accor...


3 Big Problems Companies Are Trying To Solve With AI

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Among the many topics discussed at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, artificial intelligence ((AI() was pervasive throughout the multi-day meeting of some of the most powerful business people and political leaders in the world. The head of Google, Sundar Pichai, even went as far as saying t...



Chinese farmers are using AI to help rear the world's biggest pig population

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For centuries, pig-rearing in the country was predominantly a backyard occupation. (The etymology of the Chinese character for "home" literally means "house with a pig in it.") But since the 1980s, China has swiftly modernized its pork industry to meet the demands of a newly-rich middle class. Now, ...


AI, Robotics, And The Future Of Precision Agriculture

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From analyzing millions of satellite images to finding healthy strains of plant microbiome, these startups have raised over $500M to bring AI and robotics to agriculture. Agricultural tech startups have raised over $800M in the last 5 years. Deals to startups using robotics and machine learning to...


AI does grunt work on China's pig farms

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Artificial intelligence technology has been developed to help piglets survive their first months - and then to decide which sows to kill. The scheme is being rolled out in China, the world's biggest producer and consumer of pork. It marks the latest deployment of tech giant Alibaba's ET Brain clou...


5 Ways Drones Are Changing the World

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Those who dream of getting an Amazon package, a prescription drug, or even a beer delivered to their doorsteps via drone might have their wishes fulfilled sooner than expected. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program has jump-started the development of the drone industry in th...


Top 5: Things AI might actually be good for

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly mocked as being used as a marketing term. But AI is also being used to create some legitimately useful tools. So, to beat back some of the less useful uses of the term, here are five things AI might actually be good for: FarmLogs is an example of complex data analysis that tracks weather, soil conditions, historical satellite imagery and helps farmers determine what kind of plant growth to expect and how to maximize crop yields. Watson made this use of AI famous, and while you can debate its effectiveness, others like Intel are working on things like precision medicine. Machine learning can compare molecular tests with previous cases to customize treatments. Computer interpretation of medical images as an aid to diagnosis is also making rapid advances. SEE: Beware AI's magical promises, as seen in IBM Watson's underwhelming cancer play (TechRepublic) The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is experimenting with AI to help automate and speed up scanning websites for suspicious content. SEE: IT leader's guide to deep learning (Tech Pro Research) AI can help sort through resumes and rank candidates. Unilever used an AI called HireVue to analyze candidates' answers body language and tone, cutting down time to hire and increasing offers and acceptance rates. AI assistants were made famous by smartphones, but where they really shine is providing assistance to human customer service agents. AI can be used to process natural language and route people to the right agent and even listen in and prompt agents with queries and responses. We didn't even include autonomous cars, which use all kinds of machine learning and types of AI to interpret sensors. And there are loads more. There's a lot of fog around the idea of AI these days, but if you look closely you can see some pretty good examples of the real thing.


How AI Will Influence Core Competencies of the Future

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HQ Asia speaks with the Head of Insight & Futures at the CIPD about AI technologies shaping the future of work and the impact these can have on individuals, organisations and society. Wilson Wong, the Head of Insight & Futures at the CIPD, has responsibility for scanning for drivers shaping the fut...