CGTN: Empower Intelligent Agriculture

Empower Intelligent Agriculture: Alibaba launches AI- supported Agricultural Brain system
Alibaba launched its Agricultural Brain artificial intelligence program on Thursday at the 2018 Computing Conference in Shanghai, bringing a new level of interactive automation to pig farming. The cutting-edge AI program has been adopted already by a number of hog and regular farms in China. Let’s take a look at how that works.

Scan the QR code, then it tells you that this melon is 90% mature and ready to eat. The results comes from an Agricultural Brain system, which has implemented artificial intelligence technology in cultivation and animal production to monitor and control the whole producing process.

DR.MIN WANLI, CHIEF MACHINE INTELLIGENCE SCIENTIST ALIBABA CLOUD
“We deploy all the sensor networks and the video cameras to capture the image and footage and then do the analytics.”
Video recording was easy but analyzing and applying the data was a different story. Alibaba Cloud did a pilot run of the Agricultural Brain system in farming and raising pigs over six months to verify their analysis before showcasing the work.

HU XIAOMING, PRESIDENT ALIBABA CLOUD “Today, we present our new Agricultural Brain system to realize four targets. Firstly, the digitizing and archiving of agricultural data. Secondly, managing and monitoring the life span of agricultural products to ensure quality. Thirdly, applying visual managing system of Smart Farm on mobile phones. And finally, establishing a tracking system of the whole production chain.”
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Alibaba Cloud was famous for developing the City Brain system that facilitates governments in managing the public transportation, security, environmental monitoring, and logistics. Now they’re going beyond the cities.

DR.MIN WANLI, CHIEF MACHINE INTELLIGENCE SCIENTIST ALIBABA CLOUD
“For many years, the countryside has been forgotten by technology. China is dependent upon agriculture and the modernization of countryside. We have to use our best technology in the best use case scenario, the countryside.”
Hu Nan, CGTN, Shanghai.