After cucumbers, now tomatoes being grown with AI

Have you have been eaten the "Tencent" cucumber? Last year Wageningen University Research, the Netherlands hosted an international artificial intelligence greenhouse-planting competition to research a question: how to use agricultural AI to produce high-yield, cost-effective cucumbers?

Cameras and sensors
It is understood that AI cucumber is very particular: first, use the camera or sensor to collect data, and then use algorithms to set temperature, light, CO2 concentration, humidity, and many other parameters, in this way, cucumber can live to the day of being eaten.

The iGrow team composed of Tencent AI Lab and agricultural experts won the first prize of "AI Strategy" and the second place of the total score. Their harvest can be compared with agricultural experts with 20 years of experience. This year, in order to let more people eat AI crops, a new task is coming - planting tomatoes.

Second competition
Recently, Tencent announced that it will co-host the second "International Smart-greenhouse Planting Competition" with WUR, and challenge the use of technologies such as AI and IoT techniques to remotely control a six months greenhouse tomato crop. The goals are: good quality, high production, low energy consumption, automation, and technologies that can be migrated- the translation of these goals are delicious, enough to eat, affordable, and can be eaten everywhere.

Tencent said that the cultivations of cucumber or tomatoes in the smart greenhouse and the soybean or corn in the black soil of the northeast are completely different challenges. From theory to practice, there is still a long way to go.

Joint laboratory
Therefore, this year Tencent AI Lab and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Information Institute established a joint laboratory for smart agriculture; Tencent has also signed strategic agreements with COFCO, Guangdong Yuewang Agricultural Group, Shenzhen Yujiacang, Zhongkai Agricultural Engineering College, etc. to research the "Chinese characteristics" solution and explore the future of smart agriculture together.

When talking about the original intention, Tencent said that when the earth faces ‘big problems’ such as population growth and climate change, it is imperative to explore AI+FEW (food, energy, water). Tencent's mission is to improve the quality of human life through Internet services and to extend the application of cutting-edge technologies such as AI to the global optimization and overall automation of the entire system of food, energy, and water, which will release amazing productivity.

Source: cnBeta


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