A new video from Google this week reveals how the company is using artificial intelligence to help dairy farmers in the Netherlands, making cows more healthy and therefore more productive.
The film, created by B-Reel, shines a spotlight on Connecterra, a company applying machine learning to agriculture. The founders, asir Khokhar and Saad Ansari, developed a product called Ida that uses TensorFlow, Google's machine learning framework, to understand and interpret the behavior of cows and give farmers insights about their herds' health.
Cows wear a wearable sensor and from that, Ida can detect activities from eating, drinking, resting, fertility, temperature and more. It can therefore predict problems early, detecting cases like lameness or digestive disorders, and provide recommendations to farmers on how to keep their cows healthy and improve the efficiency of their farms.
Connecterra claims it's seeing a 30 percent increase in dairy production on its customers' farms--which could have huge implications for the future of agriculture..