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Connecterra: Using AI to give nature a voice

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Meet Connecterra, a start-up using machine learning to help dairy farmers keep their cows healthy and make their farms more efficient.


AI Isn’t a Solution to All Our Problems

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From the esoteric worlds of predictive health care and cybersecurity to Google's e-mail completion and translation apps, the impacts of AI are increasingly being felt in our everyday lived experience. The way it has crepted into our lives in such diverse ways and its proficiency in low-level knowledge shows that AI is here to stay. But like any helpful new tool, there are notable flaws and consequences to blindly adapting it. AI is a tool--not a cure-all to modern problems. AI tools aim to increase efficiency and effectiveness for organizations that implement them.


Farmers are using Artificial Intelligence - Precision Agriculture AI Today

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Connecterra, a Dutch sensor hardware and machine learning firm based in Amsterdam, Netherland, has used motion sensors and AI tools with the aim of studying cow's behavior. The company's "The Intelligent Dairy Farmer's Assistant" is now in the US following effective deployment in European countries for many years. The AI program works on data collected from motion sensors fixed on the animal's neck to study its activity. The inputs, when associated repetitively with practical data about the cow's behavior, allows the Intelligent Dairy Farmer's Assistant to tell from just data about the needs of the animal. Using such data, it will be easy to tell when a cow has become sick or is ready for mating.


How farmers are using artificial intelligence to monitor cows

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Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence? No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two technologies -- motion sensors and AI -- with the aim of bringing the barnyard into the 21st century. The company, Connecterra, has brought its IDA system, or "The Intelligent Dairy Farmer's Assistant," to the United States after having piloted it in Europe for several years. IDA uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow's neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by AI. The sensor data, when aligned repeatedly with real-world behavior, eventually allows IDA to tell from data alone when a cow is chewing cud, lying down, walking, drinking or eating.


Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows CBC News

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Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence? No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two technologies -- motion sensors and AI -- with the aim of bringing the barnyard into the 21st century. The company, Connecterra, has brought its IDA system, or "The Intelligent Dairy Farmer's Assistant," to the United States after having piloted it in Europe for several years. IDA uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow's neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by AI. The sensor data, when aligned repeatedly with real-world behaviour, eventually allows IDA to tell from data alone when a cow is chewing cud, lying down, walking, drinking or eating.