How artificial intelligence could save humanity’s food supply

Humanity has a major food problem. The world’s population is expected to increase significantly over the next three decades, but our capacity for food production will struggle to keep pace.Although global fertility rates are actually falling, a general increase in life expectancy will mean a steady increase in headcount during our lifetimes. One 2015 UN DESA report claims the world’s population will hit 9.7 billion by 2050 – an increase of some 2.3 billion over today.Of course, a general rise in life expectancy reflects a higher standard of living for more of the world, which is cause for celebration. But the prospect of having 33% more mouths to feed, colliding with the dual threats of global warming and the overuse of pesticides, means fresh thinking is required in the realm…

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