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Using AI in agriculture could boost global food security – but we need to anticipate the risks

Using AI in agriculture could boost global food security – but we need to anticipate the risks

AS the global population has expanded over time, agricultural modernisation has been humanity’s prevailing approach to staving off famine. A variety of mechanical and chemical innovations delivered during the 1950s and 1960s represented the third agricultural revolution. The adoption of pesticides, fertilisers and high-yield crop breeds, among other measures, transformed agriculture and ensured a secure food supply for many millions of people over several decades. Author ASAF TZACHOR, Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risks, University of Cambridge Concurrently, modern agriculture has emerged as a culprit of global warming, responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, namely carbon…
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