Listen Now: Artificial Farming
Artificial intelligence is looking at farming from a new angle, literally.
Plenty is an agriculture tech startup in San Francisco reinventing the way we grow food. To them, the future is vertical and indoors.
Recently, Intelligent Living took a look at their business plan and found it allows food to be grown anywhere in the world year-round. Plenty is able to do it by using 95% less water and 99% less land. They also use drones and robots to improve efficiency and crop maintenance.
Plenty’s climate-controlled indoor farm has plants growing vertically, hung from the ceiling, LED lights that impersonate the sun shine on them, robots move them around and AI manages all the variables of water, temperature and light. Then AI continues to change and adapt to make sure the plants are getting everything they need.
The conditions they’ve created are so good that the Plenty farm produces 400X more food per acre than an outdoor flat farm. Plus, they grow anywhere, which cuts down on transportation and costs.
Now we just have to see how the food tastes.
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