“The idea is that robots can automate the phenotyping process and make these measurements more reliable,” Dr. Chowdhary said. In doing so, the TerraSentia and others like it can help optimize the yield of farms far beyond what humans alone have been able to accomplish.
Automation has always been a big part of agriculture, from the first seed drills to modern combine harvesters. Farm equipment is now regularly outfitted with sensors that use machine learning and robotics to identify weeds and calculate the amount of herbicide that needs to be sprayed, for instance, or to learn to detect and pick strawberries.
While sipping my coffee this morning, I came across this Ted Talk again and thought I would share it with you all. John McWhorter, linguist and Columbia professor, explains four different reasons to learn a foreign language in his humorous interpretation.
If you are a language learner and are having a hard time following along, try switching on the English subtitles instead of your native language.
The first reason is that if we truly want to understand and get to know a foreign culture, we need to learn the language that culture is experienced in and the language in which the people of that culture live their lives.
The second reason that he shares is that people who know two or more languages are less likely to suffer from dementia, or at least to a lesser degree I suppose and that their multitasking skills may be more elevated than people who know a single language.
Languages can be fun. More importantly, learning languages can be very amusing.
Last, but not least, nowadays it is very easy to learn a foreign language. In the past, we had no other choice but to participate in a class, but now you can watch a TV series or listen to a radio station in the comfort of your own home. You can study with an app on your phone and thanks to the Internet, you can chat with someone who speaks the language natively.