Food & Agriculture


AI, Robotics, And The Future Of Precision Agriculture

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Smart money VCs like Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, and Data Collective have invested in general-purpose drone and computer vision companies with a focus on agricultural applications, like DJI and Orbital Insight, as well as ag tech startups like Blue River Technology. Orbital Insight has raised $78.7M in totally funding, including a $50M Series C round in Q1'17 backed by investors including Lux Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Google Ventures. In-field monitoring: This category includes drone manufactures with a focus on agriculture, as well as startups working on computer vision algorithms to process the data captured by drones and other on-field cameras. The National Science Foundation grantee is backed by smart money VCs Data Collective and Khosla Ventures.


Your Greens Might Soon Be Grown in Warehouses

National Geographic News

Bowery Farms grows hydroponic crops out of a warehouse in Kearny, New Jersey, using LED lights. Here, Bowery Farms co-founder and CEO Irving Fain talks about the future of urban farming and why it's important. Bowery vertically stacks its plants to maximize growing space. Of course, the idea of growing food indoors isn't really new--what's changed?


Japan's farming industry poised for automation revolution

The Japan Times

In a few years, robotic farming equipment will be able to plow and prepare soil while human farmers sleep. But unmanned farm machinery would require accurate positioning systems. The team is working on a robotic system that automatically observes the surrounding environment, recognizes obstacles and avoids them or halts operation if necessary. The key to the future of Japan's agriculture may be combining the knowledge of farmers like Someya and farming technology -- artificial intelligence that analyses and learns from a huge volume of data, and the introduction of robots.


AI, Robotics, And The Future Of Precision Agriculture

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Smart money VCs like Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, and Data Collective have invested in general-purpose drone and computer vision companies with a focus on agricultural applications, like DJI and Orbital Insight, as well as ag tech startups like Blue River Technology. Orbital Insight has raised $78.7M in totally funding, including a $50M Series C round in Q1'17 backed by investors including Lux Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Google Ventures. In-field monitoring: This category includes drone manufactures with a focus on agriculture, as well as startups working on computer vision algorithms to process the data captured by drones and other on-field cameras. The National Science Foundation grantee is backed by smart money VCs Data Collective and Khosla Ventures.


6 social entrepreneurs helping build a better tomorrow

Mashable

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among others. Long term, Carroll envisions a world in which Skycision can help tackle macro issues affecting global food security. Womensphere has five cornerstone initiatives: Leveraging technology and media to educate and empower; developing programs to unleash women's potential; advancing the next generation of women leaders; mobilizing the global community; and recognizing world-changing innovators at the Womensphere Global Awards. The Ocean Cleanup, founded by Slat in 2013, is a pollution collection system driven by ocean currents.


How OpenTable uses AI to find you Maine lobster and your favorite seat

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What if a machine helped you make a dinner reservation? Quarles said AI helps optimize the search results when you want to make a reservation. For data compilation, OpenTable sees mobile devices as a big driver -- it's a rich data set to improve AI. "People don't want to spend more than two or three minutes [making a reservation], and they want to be confident they made the right decision," she said, suggesting that this large data set can make AI better and improve the results of search and the reservations.


AI for Good: How advanced crop intelligence can help solve food production challenges

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By being more effective in how they target crops, growers expe rience the economic benefits of reduced costs for crop protection, reduced crop threats, and therefore increased yields. Gamaya's precision agriculture services equip growers with information about the location, type, and intensity of the weeds infesting their fields. Targeted spraying reduces chemical usage, thereby significantly reducing the farm er's costs, lowering the negative impacts to the environment, and on human health, and likely slows the spread of herbicide-resistance. Not only is the cam era itself small, but it compresses data 100 times more efficiently than other hyperspectral cam eras, making our data processing quicker, less complex, and less expensive than with other hyperspectral sensors.


8 Disruptive Digital Technologies... with the Power to Transform Agriculture

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Drones are being used in soil and field analysis, planting, crop spraying/monitoring, irrigation and crop health assessment (as in this one minute video, demonstrating how a drone can be used to observe the impact of a crop feeding program). Syngenta and DuPont Pioneer both have made the foray into drone technology to assist farmers in making fertilizer application and irrigation decisions through aerial images. An exciting example in agriculture is machine vision, where computers process visual data collected via UAV, satellite or even smart phones and provide the farmer with useful information. A likely early use of VR is livestock video monitoring systems that send data back to a computer program, which in turn constructs a visual representation of the herd or brood allowing the farmer to check in on the cows or chickens remotely.


WATCH: Drone Video Captures Giant Hammerhead Shark Struggling With Fisherman In Florida

International Business Times

A drone flying over a Florida beach Saturday caught on camera a struggle between a fisherman and a massive hammerhead shark. Curtis Williams, a drone operator, captured the shark fighting against the man. At certain points in the video, the man can be seen just inches away from the massive shark as a crowd gathers around. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission urges fishermen to "minimize fight time" with prohibited sharks by using a certain kind of tackle that helps to release the sharks.


Fisherman reels in hammerhead shark off Florida beach, drone video shows - Ohio teen bit by shark at Hilton Head beach

FOX News

A fisherman got one magnificent catch during the Fourth of July weekend when he reeled in a massive hammerhead shark off Florida's Panama City Beach -- and it was all captured in a drone video. Curtis Williams was flying his drone over Panama City Beach on Saturday when he saw the fisherman attempting to capture the shark. "Vacationing at beach and was going to video a nice pleasant sunset. The unidentified fisherman later released the shark back into the ocean.