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Advances in Feeding the Global Population

Ben C.


Log #1, Tomorrowland, written August 25, 2050.

Imagine a world where hunger is no longer an issue. Even as the population reaches up to 11 billion people in the year 2050, we can feed the population because of advances in agriculture. More specifically, scientists have developed a way to increase the efficiency of food production through the use of “smart drones” in agriculture. It is incredible to see the increase in food production just through the usage of a few simple sensors and vision processing software! In the past, farmers would have to rely on visual inspection of crops or images captured on a satellite to determine the health of crops and treatment regimens. In the future, Agricultural drones have been developed to save farmers time and money while protecting the environment, improving crop yields while decreasing the expense and negative environmental impact of excess fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, and irrigation. By using computer vision and artificial intelligence technology to process drone imagery, drones are able to fly autonomously and provide additional valuable information from drone photos. For example, the drone is able to analyze the color of the leaves and transmit the data to a master computer which would analyze the data. This data will tell farmers and scientists which areas on the field need more or less water. With this new breakthrough, many schools have supported the implementation of classes, geared to teach S.T.E.A.M. skills so that students can learn and eventually improve upon new technology.
Signing off for now!