The AI Revolution is in full swing, and it’s changing the way we live and work. From smart homes to content creation, healthcare to finance, there is no industry untouched.
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Because of this, “AI will replace your job” has become a common notion. But is it accurate? To what extent can AI handle manual labour tasks, such as gardening?
According to research, global spending on artificial intelligence increased to over $300 billion in 2021 and the gardening and farming industry is a new and promising field where AI is being used.
Vertical farming, for instance, is where individual cubes are connected by reusable plastic tubes and lit by LEDs that are controlled by a microcomputer that regulates water, humidity, and development, serving as the ‘brain’ of each unit. As Sarah Harper, a gardening blogger explains,
Thanks to AI, some of the resources that can be managed include oxygen level controls, pH, water level and temperature controls, humidity and light controls, and even chatbots with optimal feedback for growers and people.
There’s a ton of control when it comes to AI, and, as stated, the resources can be optimised beyond belief to deliver outstanding results. From planting to harvesting, AI has the potential to make gardening/farming easier and more efficient for the entire continent.
There are many more examples of AI being used in gardening.
Revolutionizing Agriculture with AI-Powered Pest and Disease Detection
Aerobotics, a Cape Town-based AI company , using aerial imagery from drones and satellites and machine learning algorithms the company found a way to spot early pest and disease detection on tree farms and to optimise crop performance for farmers around the world.
The company’s cloud-based web application, Aeroview, provides farmers with insights, scout mapping and other tools to mitigate damage to tree and vine crops from pest and disease.
But, while AI has many potential benefits in gardening, it also has its limitations. For example, AI systems may struggle with tasks that require physical dexterity, such as planting delicate seeds or handling large plants.
This is where human involvement is crucial. Someone still needs to set up, monitor, and perform the tasks that AI can’t. This helps secure jobs and ensures that AI remains just a tool, and not a complete replacement.
AI is changing the game, but it’s not going to replace us entirely. There will always be a need for human oversight and control.
Despite its limitations, I’m excited to see where AI technology takes us in the future. How do you feel about it?
Vusi Thembekwayo is Global Speaker, Author and Investor in the Future. Follow his regular LinkedIn newsletter by clicking here.