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Artificial Intelligence And Precision Farming: The Dawn Of The Next Agricultural Revolution

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Artificial Intelligence And Precision Farming: The Dawn Of The Next Agricultural Revolution

Photo: Sun sets over the cornfields. Getty Images. Article by Raviv Itzhaky (Co-Founder and CTO of Prospera Technologies) – Forbes Technology Council. Forbes – Jan 7, 2021.

The human race has come a long way in our ability to produce food at scale. Historian and author Yuval Noah Harari refers to it in his book Sapiens as “an agricultural revolution,” using wheat as an example.

Ten thousand years ago, wheat was a wild grass that grew in a relatively small region in the Middle East. Today, wheat can be considered one of the most successful plants in history, according to the evolutionary criteria of survival and reproduction. In regions where wheat never existed, such as the Great Plains of North America, you can drive for hundreds of miles without seeing anything else but wheat fields. Worldwide, wheat now covers over 2 million square kilometers of the world’s surface, nearly 10 times the size of Britain.

In spite of these advances, even when technology has allowed us to improve and streamline food production, more than 800 million people around the world remain undernourished. […]

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