Smartphones, smart fridges and smarter banking. Technology has transformed industries in the past 20 years, yet farming remains an area least exposed to the wonders of digitisation.
This is starting to change. Artificial intelligence (AI) is appearing on farms, and professional investors say that smart farming is becoming one of the most exciting areas of technology. Drones, smart sensors, self-driving tractors and advanced robotics could revolutionise how our food is produced.
The Earth’s rising population and growing demand for meat-heavy western diets mean that the farming sector is having to work much harder to feed us. There is pressure to improve the efficiency of agriculture and a need for more sustainable practices. This is where AI can help.
For almost 80 years, people have tuned in to their television sets to get their daily dose of news.
All around the world, people watched the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the two Gulf Wars unfold in front of them on their TV screens.
For most of us, television news has been a constant in our lifetime – something we turn to when the big news breaks.
But, for the first time since the introduction of television news in 1940, the dominance of the nightly TV news bulletin is being challenged by a serious competitor: online news.
A 2017 report by the Pew Research Centre found the gap between the share of Americans who get their news from TV and those who get their news online is narrowing – rapidly.
While half the population still often gets their news from television, 43% of Americans now say they regularly engage with online news sources. To put this in perspective, in 2016, the gap between television (57%) and online (38%) news sources was 19 points.
The trend toward digital news content takes on greater significance when you consider the generational gap, with millennials twice as likely as their parents to get their news online.