Top 5 innovations that will transform our lives over the next five years

10. April 2019. VeeMee

By: Poslovni dnevnik 02.03.2019.

Researchers this month announced a series of innovations that they claim will “change our lives over the next five years.” They are all connected to the things that keep us alive: food and water.

At the IBM Think 2019 conference, the innovations were presented in response to “the demands of a growing global population and already endangered food and water ecosystems,” Forbes reported.

Part of IBM’s research team, scientists and developers working on ‘5 in 5’ innovations come from all over the world, and they all have one thing in common: working on five new AI technologies that they believe will “dramatically change the food supply chain”. They are designed to help farmers maximize crop yields by developing ways to minimize waste material, which currently accounts for as much as 45 percent of our food supply.

Five future innovations, from crop to waste, could change that.

From seed: Digital twin

Using AI (artificial intelligence), IBM will cover all aspects of data from agriculture – from soil quality to tractor driver skills to the price of melons sold on the market. Using the data, it will create a credible simulation, known as the Digital Twin, that will help accurately predict crop yields, which will provide banks and financial institutions with the information they need to lend, necessary to grow a farmer’s business.

To harvest: Blockchain

Using blockchain, IBM said, farmers will get rid of many of the expensive unknowns in the food supply chain and prevent food wastage, which is a lot of waste material that is currently the case.

Each participant in the food supply chain will know exactly how much to plant, order and send.

“Food loss will be greatly reduced and products that end up in the consumer cart will be fresher when they join forces together – blockchain technology, IoT devices and AI algorithms,” IBM said.

On shelves: Microbiome mapping

The third food technology innovation IBM has announced is the ability to use millions of microbes to protect what we eat. The new technique uses DNA and RNA sequencing using data analytics, which will allow the analysis of the genetic structure of food in a cheaper way. This will allow us to know a lot about the safety of what we eat.

On the table: AI sensors for food detection

IBM has stated that it is on track to develop technology that will help farmers, food processors and grocers – along with billions of consumers – detect hazardous contaminants in their food.

IBM has demonstrated a prototype that can detect foodborne pathogens within a product using portable AI sensors.

“These mobile bacterial sensors could dramatically shorten the speed of the pathogen test by a few days per second. This will allow anyone in the food chain to detect the presence of harmful pathogens such as E. coli or Salmonella before an epidemic occurs,” they explained. IBM.

For trash: VolCat

The latest innovation on stage was the transformation of garbage disposal and the creation of new plastic. Everything – from milk cartons to cake containers, grocery bags and cheese wax – will be recycled, and polyester companies will be able to recycle recycled waste into something useful.

That transition, IBM said, will be driven by an innovation called VolCat, a catalytic chemical process that digests polyester plastics into a substance that can be returned directly to plastics production machines to create new products.

Each of the above innovations was explained in just five minutes at the Science Slam conference and was therefore easily understood by the audience.

“Our researchers inspire us to imagine what could still be possible in five years. When an eight billionth person is born on Earth, she will enter a world more connected, more interdependent and more sensitive to change than her parents ever imagined. is the future that awaits us all, “said Arvind Krishna, SVP at IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software.

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