The life of a milk cow is mostly pretty great. They relax, they go for walks on rich pastures; when it gets cold, they hang out with their bovine homies indoors. That all goes out the window when they're sick. Sick cows tend to eat less, walk differently, and give off sad moos. Now, the great AI hawkers have decided to automate a practice almost as old as farming itself: figuring out if cows are sick to them give them treatment.
Editor's Note: TensorFlow, our open source machine learning library, is just that--open to anyone. Companies, nonprofits, researchers and developers have used TensorFlow in some pretty cool ways, and we're sharing those stories here on Keyword. Today we hear from Yasir Khokhar and Saad Ansari, founders of Connecterra, who are applying machine learning to an unexpected field: dairy farming.
A cow stands in a pasture on Seven Oaks Dairy in Waynesboro, Ga. On the cow's neck is a device called IDA, or "The Intelligent Dairy Farmer's Assistant," created by Connecterra. It uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow's neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by artificial intelligence. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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 concept of the "smart cow" might sound like an oxymoron, but the rapid development of internet of things (IoT) technology has ushered in an era when even the world's largest companies are talking about the "connected cow" with a straight face. Bovine technology typically has come in the form of "glorified pedometers", according to Yasir Khokhar, the founder and chief executive of Dutch software start-up Connecterra. These gadgets are attached to one of the cow's ankles and can tell the farmer whether the animal is walking too little or too much -- a key sign of its health and whether it is in oestrus (in a peak fertility phase). The devices are a common sight on farms, and the market for them has become crowded. Farmers are placing sensors on various parts of cows' bodies -- including the tail, neck, hooves and stomach -- to help increase the productivity of their herds.
You must have heard about how artificial intelligence is being used in industries like Travel, Health, e-commerce etc. but a company in the United States have started the use of Artificial Intelligence in a totally different industry. Connecterra, a Dutch company, has implemented the technology in the dairy farming sector. They have induced two technologies - motion sensor and AI - with the aim of making barnyards functional in the 21st century. The company has already started its IDA system or'The Intelligent Dairy Farmers System'in Europe for several years. A motion-sensing device is attached to a cow's neck to convey its movements to a program that uses the technology of Artificial intelligence.