Transformative Technology Fact Sheet – Artificial Intelligence

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Type: Research Paper, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

This fact sheet on transformative technology focuses on artificial intelligence and how it will impact the agricultural industry in various ways. It also includes two case studies that look at machines being able to assess the condition of cattle and how machines can be automated in the horticultural sector.

This fact sheet focusing on artificial intelligence technologies in agriculture is one of eight fact sheets in a series that look at various form of up and coming transformative technology.

The key points of this fact sheet:

  • “Artificial intelligence is the development of software that combines problem-solving and decision-making to achieve goals through replicating the process of ‘sense, decide and act’.”
  • Artificial intelligence “ is developed to be used by computers and machines”
  • “Artificial intelligence will use data to improve the quality and clarity of decision making across all levels of the agricultural industry.
  • The current lack of availability of quality data for analysis will limit the short-term return on investment in artificial intelligence for individual businesses.
  • The number of low and middle skilled jobs in agriculture will decline as artificial intelligence automates operations.
  • Liability and ethical considerations are the major policy constraints to adoption of artificial intelligence.
  • Safety regulations will need to be developed for artificial intelligence that operates machinery autonomously.”
  • The case studies included in this fact sheet are “Teaching machines to assess cattle condition” and “Machines do the thinking in horticultural tree crops”.
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