Precision Application Asia Agenda Examines New Industries as They Emerge
A recent article by CIO Australia outlines how the rapid development and deployment of technology-based systems are doing more than create new businesses, they are creating completely new industries around agriculture productivity, traceability, and decision support, writes Meister Media Worldwide Editorial Market Development Director David Frabotta at PrecisionAg.
Several of the technologies involve some sort of human-augmented machine learning, brain-computer interface, and context-aware computing. In other words, we often talk about AI as a single technology, but it should be understood as an umbrella term that has the potential to incorporate various levels of human guidance employed to perform a particular task.
There is no doubt in my mind that these human-assisted AI platforms will influence the way we assess crop needs and apply inputs within the next few years. Many look with skepticism at some of the fully automated, green-on-green recognition platforms being developed by the many AI companies in agriculture. Some of them claim to recognize close to 50,000 plant species with the potential to reduce chemical application up to 90%. If those claims become reality, then we are set for a cataclysmic disruption in crop inputs and the agriculture distribution systems that deliver them around the world.
It’s hard to acknowledge a sea of change so significant to happen quickly, so many consider it akin to flying cars. But what if the same technology was assisted by farmers and service providers to, say, scan fields for one particular pest because they understood the timing of its outbreak? What if the technology was mounted on drones so scouting, diagnostics, and applications could be done in real time, even when fields are too wet to navigate by ground?