Smart farming: How IoT, robotics, and AI are tackling one of the biggest problems of the century

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The world's human population currently stands at around 7.6 billion and is projected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100. We will therefore need a food production and distribution system that can accommodate another 3.6 billion people--ideally while consuming as little additional land and leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible, in order to maintain vital ecosystem services and conserve Earth's remaining wildlife. That's clearly a challenge given that around half of the world's habitable land is under agriculture of some kind--with a high proportion of this used for livestock farming (Figure A). Figure A (click to see a larger version). Percentages are based on 2014 figures. In a widely reported recent study, Poore and Nemecek (2018) note that a shift away from meat and dairy consumption would go a long way towards relieving pressure on agricultural land and reducing environmental impact: "Meat, aquaculture, eggs, and dairy use 83% of the world's farmland and contribute 56 to 58% of food's different emissions, despite providing only 37% of our protein and 18% of our calories." Moving to a diet that excludes animal products, say the study's authors, could reclaim 3.1 billion hectares of global farmland (a 76% reduction), while reducing food's greenhouse gas emissions by 6.6 billion metric tons of CO2eq (a 49% reduction), among other environmental benefits. Of course, it will take time to effect a major shift in dietary preferences--primarily in developed countries--and global land use patterns, although emerging technologies like lab-grown meat may have an increasingly important role to play here.


How IoT can make agriculture more profitable and crop healthier at every step

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According to the UN projections, world population will rise from 6.8 billion today to 9.1 billion in 2050 that signifies food production has to be raised to feed the one-third more mouths. And, the agriculture industry is accountable for fulfilling humans' need for food, energy, and shelter (To a great extent). Furthermore, the agriculture industry composes less than 5 percent of the combined GDPs of the world. But, there is one more distressing fact revealed by Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of agricultural workers is projected to decline 3 percent from 2012 to 2022. Why is this employment supposed to reduce?


Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture. Part 2: How Farming is Going Automated with AI Technologies – AI.Business

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As you may read from our first article farming robots are shaping agriculture and will feed humans of the future. Economics will demand a leap from theoretical concept of artificial intelligence to its practical application in agriculture, many experts suggest. But this process has already begun and is irreversible. Automated irrigation systems, crop health monitoring, face recognition systems for domestic cattle, CBR systems for fishing industry and many others are clear examples of how AI can be the Holy Grail for the farming industry. Irrigation systems are as old as man itself since agriculture is the foremost occupation of civilized humanity.


Can artificial intelligence and IoT feed the planet's growing population?

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The world is headed toward a major crisis, and it's not the AI apocalypse. By 2050, the planet's human population will reach beyond 9 billion, requiring food production to double in order to meet its growing needs. Meanwhile, parameters such as global warming and and the urbanization of life is making it harder to increase crop growth. While industrial revolutions and technological advances in previous centuries enabled us to tap into (what seemed at the time) the infinite resources of the planet, this time around we're dealing with a scarcity in land to cultivate and volatility in weather and water. Technological advances in artificial intelligence and Internet of Things might help us move toward a solution.


Can artificial intelligence and IoT feed the planet's growing population?

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The world is headed toward a major crisis, and it's not the AI apocalypse. By 2050, the planet's human population will reach beyond 9 billion, requiring food production to double in order to meet its growing needs. Meanwhile, parameters such as global warming and and the urbanization of life is making it harder to increase crop growth. While industrial revolutions and technological advances in previous centuries enabled us to tap into (what seemed at the time) the infinite resources of the planet, this time around we're dealing with a scarcity in land to cultivate and volatility in weather and water. Technological advances in artificial intelligence and Internet of Things might help us move toward a solution.