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...


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...


Artificial Intelligence & Ag: Where is the Industry Heading?

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The rapidly evolving field of ag tech is being driven by a confluence of factors including projections of an increasing world population, limited land resources, automation and sensor densification of agricultural field machinery, connection of this equipment to the internet, remote sensing via unmanned aerial systems and cloud computing. Mix in the availability of venture capital and keeping up with ag tech developments is challenging even for the most tech-savvy individuals. U.S. farmers now generate agricultural production data at rates measured in petabytes per growing season. What is a petabyte you ask? Roughly, it is equivalent to the data storage capacity of 1.5 million CDs. As one might guess, most agricultural producers are overwhelmed with how to parse this data and extract actionable information.


How 5G Will Impact The Future Of Farming And John Deere's Digital Transformation Ventured

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At 180 years old, John Deere has become a household name that conjures images of farmland, tractors and rural America. But what's less known about the iconic company is that it's become a leading tech innovator in the precision agriculture space, and in many ways, serves as an example of how every business is digital. A year ago, John Deere bought a Silicon Valley-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup called Blue River, and it's now working to incorporate machine learning, deep learning, and robotics into the brains of its farm equipment. The goal is to use automated driving technology, computer vision, telematics, and cloud-based mobile applications to help farmers double or triple their yields -- a feat that will be key to keeping up with global food demands as the Earth's population grows over the next thirty years. "By 2050, there's going to be nine billion people on the planet," said Terry Pickett, manager of advanced engineering for John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Group.