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Blog: The Bots Are Here—And They’re Protecting Our Crops

Whether it's our jobs, our privacy or our democracies, artificial intelligence and smart technology often seem to pose nothing but threats. But one "threat" we should welcome from the effects of machine learning and new technology is the disruption of pests and diseases that attack crops, cause food shortages and contribute to famines worldwide.

Rapid strides in open-source digitization mean we have the tools to equip farmers with intelligent systems that can identify pests and pathogens, allowing them to take action long before any losses occur.

This revolutionary use of technology arms smallholder farmers, who are increasingly gaining digital know-how, with the means to identify quickly and accurately when their crop is under threat, and how best to combat that threat.