It was not long ago when the term “artificial intelligence” was something largely reserved for sci-fi movies. But, increasingly, daily life is being influenced with the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

“AI is changing everything from the way we shop with products like Amazon’s Echo using voice commands to initiate the purchase of products while other AI devices like Nest keep our homes safe and comfortable,” said Christopher Wiegman, a graduate student in the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. “These devices represent a new type of ‘smart’ technology that utilizes AI or machine learning.

Machine learning distills large amounts of input data into algorithms based on patterns. The amount of investment in the field of AI has grown substantially spanning all economic sectors ranging from industrial to consumer goods, health care and even banking.

Technology titans such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook are committing heavily to continuing development of AI.” Agriculture is certainly a potential beneficiary of the AI progress. “AI could analyze all the inputs of agricultural production such as hybrid performance based on historical yield and disease pressure.

AI may also help with selecting plant populations based on weather models, soil types and topography, or nutrient and water availability,” Wiegman said. “If there is one area that the digital agriculture revolution has given producers, it is a mountain of data. Read more from…

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