Using machine learning software like IBM's Watson helps because it is more than just data management. Machine learning goes further by processes the information and focuses on the most relevant insights.
This would lead to finding new links in the data as well as identify what information matters. Farmers can also benefit from data sharing. Artificial intelligence adapts recommendations as it learns from the larger amount of data. The insights are also available in real time. This is critical when farmers need to act to stop a crop failing.
The issue of monoculture and food distribution is still under debate. There is no doubt that volumes need to increase by 2050, as per the UN’s findings (above). But if agriculture relies on mass production, it also needs desperate measures such as genetic modification and pesticides, to keep food volumes up.
To meet food demand, agriculture needs to make technology local. Innovators also want to answer the thorny issue of food miles. They are looking to technology to create smaller-scale, efficient and local agriculture. Design Indaba created Protofarm 2050 , farming that can take place inside cities to reduce fuel miles. Alternatively, there is vertical farming – growing food up walls – using existing buildings instead of trying to find more agricultural land.
Technology would be working with nature rather than trying to manipulate it. It will allow producers to farm locally and intelligently, reducing waste, transport costs and pollution. Sensor technology will manage water use while genome editing can improve crop resilience. Instead of big, bloated farms, technology is turning agriculture into a precision instrument.
Technology will be the key component of change
The evolution of technology is inevitable. From big business to energetic start-ups, it has handed industry the power to make all kinds of changes and improvements.
Whether it’s IBM Watson’s intelligent software plotting better land management, Tesla creating its own future energy supply or HP creating 3D-printed parts where and when it needs them, technology is about to change the way we work beyond all recognition.
Government participation will be critical. Skills are changing, education is needed and infrastructure will have to adapt to new labour forces and new ways of using buildings, transportation and land.
As a smartphone and IoT generation, we are becoming used to the rapid pace of change. In the next 25 years we expect change and can begin anticipating what we need to do to meet it.
The world of lubricants is no exception. Factors such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and increased machine automation will be a partner and in some cases, a catalyst. What it will not be is optional.
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