- by T Sweeney, Blogger
- 9/7/2016 11:49:03 AM
Where do you personally draw the line with genetically modified foods, Maryam? The hybrid tomatoes I like to grow in my garden have been genetically modified to be disease resistant and produce great tasting tomatoes. At the other end of the spectrum is agri-chem vendors creating corn that produces its own insecticide (perfectly safe, we swear!).
The conversation around GMOs feels unintentionally broad. The fact is, we've been consuming genetically modified foods for generations.
- 8/31/2016 2:31:47 PM
Eh. I don't like that Whole Foods 365 stuff. ;)
But that's besides the point. By Ag Tech, I was specifically referring to IoT sensors and analytics to monitor and control conditions in real time (particularly when combined with advances in how food can be grown hydroponically).
- by impactnow, Blogger
- 8/28/2016 1:34:46 AM
Joe but we need to be careful AG tech has brought us some nasty "advances" in the development of food including genetically engineered food and hormone driven growth. Advancement may not be for the long term good, after all we are not short of food we are short of adequate distribution of food.
- 8/23/2016 10:38:33 AM
@PredictableChaos: True enough, but the Ag Tech capabilities we have today can at least help us to better predict and be aware of issues on the farm as crops are growing, leading to greater agricultural efficiency -- and, thus, the capability to grow more crops/have more food.
- 8/23/2016 10:36:33 AM
On this note, it's worth pointing out that developed nations have very different health crises than do developing nations. It's all in how you use the tool.
- 8/23/2016 10:35:12 AM
I voted agriculture/food.
They'll never admit it at an industry conference, but when they're being candid, cancer researchers and bioinformaticians acknowledge that we are still decades away from substantially meaningful upgrades in cancer treatment and/or cures -- even with the tools and data sharing that we have.
And, personally, I think self-driving cars and anti-crime analytics will ultimately lead to exponentially more harm than good.
As for weather forecasting, we've already gotten to a point pre-"big data" where we're getting into the law of diminishing returns.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 8/22/2016 10:13:55 PM
In places where food and primary needs are not met agriculture and food will top the list in more developed countries health and convenience will be more of a desire.
I'm inclined to say public health and medical benefits. Not just the emerging new medical technology to facilitate diagnoses, surgeries, etc., but the capability to identify the origin and spread of pandemics and major disease outbreaks like the current Zika virus crisis.
- by Jamescon, Editor
- 8/16/2016 5:06:38 PM
@Maryam. Good point about the challenge of food distribution vs food shortage. For example, the heartland of the US and Canada produces more food than North America itself can use. Yet, we aren't equipped to move the excess to subSaharan Africa. Overcoming that challenge might require new shipping technologies, or one answer might be found in new preparation/preservation concepts. Maybe analytics can contribute there.
- by impactnow, Blogger
- 8/16/2016 3:16:53 PM
Predictable it's an interesting issue because from what I have read we don't have a shortage of food we have an issue in distributing the food to those in need. In many developed countries the amount of wasted could feed those in need. The answers are all interesting but there are definitely areas that are more universal such as disease prevention and treatment.
- by PredictableChaos, Data Doctor
- 8/10/2016 10:56:17 AM
Agriculture and food is the area with the largest gap if we're looking worldwide.
Unfortunately, most of the problems aren't technical problems so they may not be about analytics.
Some of the biggest problems with food are related to distribution. Rogue nations don't trade with each other. Rogue leaders don't have the best interests of their people anywhere on the list. Warring groups would rather fight today than work together to make things better for everyone in the longer term.