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February 5, 2016

Why 'Smart' Farming Is Taking Off

Posted by Prasad Joshi (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:50 AM

ASEAN: Internet of things for smart farming [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPK5ZTwRaZE]

Here's a fact: Today, people live longer than before, thanks to medical advancements. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that earth's population will grow to 9.6 billion people by the year 2050. Therefore, food production must increase by 70% to meet the needs of this increasing populace. But, most farms are not equipped to meet this growing demand.

So, what ails them? For starters, there's a limited supply of fresh water for irrigation, diminishing arable land, slow productivity, and skyrocketing energy costs. Moreover, farmers are in constant short supply of farm laborers due to urbanization. Variability in the climate change, and the economic losses attributed to it, just add on to the already ailing industry.

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February 1, 2016

Google's AlphaGo Defeats China's Go - What does this imply about our future?

Posted by Sanjay Nambiar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:11 AM

Google DeepMind: Ground-breaking AlphaGo masters the game of Go [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUbqykXVx0A]

Many Westerners hold the belief that chess is the most complex game in the world. They don't know much about 'Go', an ancient Chinese board game. To even play it (not to speak of winning), an individual needs an incredibly complex brain that until now most scientists believed only human beings could possess.

But the world of Artificial Intelligence just got a tremendous boost a week ago when scientists at the Google DeepMind laboratory in London announced that it has created a computer armed with the most advanced Artificial Intelligence that beat the human European Go champion 5 games to 0. The results have just been published in the article 'Mastering the Game of Go with Deep Neural Networks and Tree Search' that appeared in the January 27, 2016 issue of Nature, the international weekly journal of science.

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January 28, 2016

A Data-driven Perspective from Davos

Posted by Sandeep Dadlani (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:48 AM

A delegate browses the research report, Amplifying Human Potential
A delegate browses the research report, Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, launched by Infosys at WEF 2016.

Every year, a few thousand professionals gather in the snowy mountains of Davos, Switzerland, to try to make the world a better place. They attend seminars, speak at forums and network among themselves to gain a better understanding of trends and innovations in the race to identify the next blockbusters. Old friends meet again, networks are expanded and new friendships are forged. Often, these connections go on to have some kind of meaningful impact in the year ahead.

This year at the World Economic Forum's Annual meeting in Davos, I had the great honor of participating in a panel that discussed the value of data in business decisions. The panel was led by Aimia, a Canadian data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, and included participants from Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, universities, banks such as HSBC, the Harvard Business Review, as well as a few physicians.

The panel was called Leadership in the Data Era: How Innovative Leaders Balance Data Versus Intuition to Drive Effective Decisions, and it was held in one of the satellite hotels WEF uses in Davos.

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