PlantGPT to speak the language of plants

Generative AI is pretty good at speaking the language of humans, but one European startup is now building a generative model to help us speak 'the language of plants.'

Hortiya, founded in 2020 in the west German city of Duisburg, is now applying the technology that powers large language models (LLMs) like GPT-4 to the food production industry. 

And while many headlines highlight how great generative AI is for helping schoolkids cheat on their homework, or making high-fashion deep fakes of the Pope, Hortiya's CEO Marc Weimer-Hablitzel says his company will leverage the technology to dramatically reduce the amount of energy that goes into making our food.

Hortiya is currently building a dataset for training an AI model that can understand how different inputs, or climatic conditions, affect the internal systems and growth of plants. If it can do this, the company could increase the energy efficiency of food production by allowing growers to plan how they use expensive resources like electric light and fertilizer.


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