Food & Agriculture


Doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims, ease the pain

FOX News

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL – Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs. Related Image Doctors wrap a child's burnt skin with sterilized tilapia fish skin at Dr. Jose Frota Institute in the northeastern costal city of Fortaleza, Brazil, May 3, 2017. A tilapia fish and tilapia fish skins are displayed in Jaguaribara, Brazil, April 26, 2017. After about 10 days, doctors remove the bandage.


AI Saves the Elephants, Sharks, Frogs, Sea Birds and Everything Else

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Google partnered with nonprofits to found Global Fishing Watch to detect illegal fishing activity using satellite data in near real time. The algorithm for detecting apparent fishing activity uses AIS data from roughly 35,000 fishing vessels worldwide (out of the roughly 200,000 vessels on the seas in the course of a year). The system captures the navigation pattern information of these 35,000 vessels with 22 million data points per day allowing deep learning algorithms to learn and then detect patterns that indicate fishing. Satellite intelligence startup Orbital Insight partnered with Global Forest Watch to detect illegal logging and other causes of global forest degradation.


AI, machine learning blossom in agriculture and pest control

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In a departure from using AI and machine learning tools for tasks such as automating customer service, some companies are applying the technologies to grow better corn crops and exterminate bugs and vermin. The researcher defines machine learning (ML), a sub-field of AI, as algorithms leveraging technologies that operate based on existing information and are used in both unsupervised and supervised learning. Some of the company's 5,000 pest control technicians are using an Android mobile app developed by Accenture to identify bugs. The picture calls home to Google's image classification and machine learning software to sift through a number of pest images and identify the intruder, according to Nisha Sharma, a managing director in Accenture's mobility group.


Hands-free farming using autonomous tractors and drones

Daily Mail

Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land. Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land. Drilling of the spring crop of barley has already taken place on the land and over the coming months the crop will be cultivated before harvest in August and September. Drilling of the spring crop of barley has already taken place on the land and over the coming months the crop will be cultivated before harvest in August and September.


The skeptic's guide to artificial intelligence

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Before you see data -- whether you are a baby learning a language or a scientist analyzing some data -- you start with a lot of uncertainty and then as you have more and more data you have more and more certainty," Ghahramani said. One of the center's area of study is trust and transparency around AI, while other areas of focus include policy, security and the impacts that AI could have on personhood. Adrian Weller, a senior researcher on Ghahramani's team and the trust and transparency research leader at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, explained that AI systems based on machine learning use processes to arrive at decisions that do not mimic the "rational decision-making pathways" that humans comprehend. But by providing a means for making AI functions more transparent, commercial users of AI tools and their consumers could better understand how it works, determine its trustworthiness, and decide whether it is likely to meet the company's or its customer's needs.


Fishermen claim that Siri saved their lives after their boat began sinking

Mashable

While we love to hate Apple's virtual assistant, Siri, she has been hailed a hero by some fishermen in Florida, who claim that it saved their lives. Though it seems like Siri is incapable of doing anything well aside from dishing out sass, the assistant is actually pretty good at making hands-free phone calls. Though simple, this feature did save lives this weekend. Here's why that's a big problem Three boaters ran into rough seas on Saturday morning while fishing four miles off of the coast of Key Biscayne, and Siri came to their rescue, according to Fox 4.


Automated agriculture: Can robots, drones, and AI save us from starvation?

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We produce more food than ever before -- but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world's population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they're going to keep up. One of Khot's main projects at the moment focuses on irrigation, experimenting with different irrigation techniques and amounts of water, and using drone imagery to track the subsequent health of plants. They adjust the amount of water used as part of their research, and use drone imaging to map the crops, testing "to see if we can go to 60 percent or 30 percent, and still the plant can grow and produce as good a yield." Advanced milking systems allow the cows to approach a milking robot when they feel like it.


FarmView - Work That Matters - Carnegie Mellon University

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Artificial intelligence experts at Carnegie Mellon University are teaming up with agricultural leaders and plant scientists to solve the emerging global food crisis. Enter Carnegie Mellon's FarmView, a multidisciplinary research team that is developing automated, data-driven decision tools to increase the yield of sorghum, a drought- and heat-tolerant grain that thrives in famine-prone parts of the world. Researchers are collecting data with drones, robots and stationary sensors on sorghum plants growing at Clemson University, a FarmView partner. Carnegie Mellon researchers are using their expertise to fight world hunger, and doing the work that matters.



A Yelp bot will deliver your sushi in San Francisco

Engadget

The company is partnering with Marble to use their wheeled drone, which is designed to carry perishable cargo, to try out unmanned food delivery for its Seamless-like Yelp Eat24 service. Naturally, it's starting the drone delivery trials on the streets of San Francisco. Specifically, they're sending Marble's robots on trips around SF's Mission and Potrero Hill districts, so lucky Eat24 patrons might get the option to have their grub delivered via the boxy drones -- and their humans. Someday, these robots could progress to truly unmanned courier jobs -- and then, folks living above ground level will learn a cruel truth about the limits of our wheeled autonomous robo-coolers and their inability to defeat stairs.