AI-Powered Robots: The Future of Farming?

By StartUp City | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AI-Powered RobotsIntegrating AI in the agricultural sector offers a data-driven solution to boost productivity and efficiency.

FREMONT, CA: With increasing guts to feed and deterioration of natural resources, there raises a significant concern of how to reshape the traditional farming and agricultural industry to suit the accelerating demands. Presently, with technological empowerment showing its full potential, the traditional farming sector has begun initiating intellectual gadgets and robotics in farming fields and agricultural grounds. One such technology to slowly creep inside the agricultural work-frame is artificial intelligence (AI). From increasing productivity to deducing complex errors, AI technology in farming is showing its fair share of profits.

Farming, one of the most impactful industries, is continually facing environmental challenges, which is not only decreasing the efficiency of farmers but also de-escalating the productivity of a country. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, by 2050, the global population is projected to increase to about nine billion, hence causing the agronomical demand to skyrocket. However, with the integration of AI, farmers have found a way to deal with the challenges in food production.

Constraints Lead to Innovation

Adherence to age-old agricultural techniques by unschooled farmers is one of the significant hindrances caused during the innovative undertaking of this sector. Furthermore, the shortage of skilled labor in agrarian fields during seasonal periods has added to the stagnation of technological growth. As the cost of production rises with time, the flat crop revenue is compelling farmers to undertake innovation.

AI-driven technology possesses the power to build statistical models that can analyze informative data and assist farmers in adjusting and improving on specific lacking grounds. Particularly the steps containing rigorous physical intervention can be carried out by AI-powered robots, which will not only increase productivity but also increase the efficiency of farms. The elimination of bodies from doing redundant physical work to focusing on some issues increases the effectiveness of labor, hence, making the agricultural model more sustainable. 

By scrutinizing plant data through embedded AI-sensors, the smaller farms can create a profit map which provides the farmers with maximizing profit and yield. Overseeing each step, from plant care to harvesting time, AI-platform will create a fully automated working environment.

As the entry of start-ups lashed with innovative feature keeps on increasing in the competitive ground, the reboot of the entire agricultural system is not far away. While most developed countries are leaning towards a full technological shift, the agrarian sector is growing the farming-as-a-service (FaaS) ecosystem to support future changes.

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