In today’s world, the power of artificial intelligence is everywhere. From agriculture to healthcare, from shopping to dating, from the vehicles we drive to the way we do business, our experiences are increasingly shaped by AI. This is true even when it comes to whiskey tasting, although in this case the intelligence is driven by our senses and our reasoning rather than sophisticated algorithms.
I wrote recently about the intense level of innovation we’re seeing in food and ag. To try to stay on top of things, I’ll run quarterly roundups that highlight startups with the potential to move the needle on sustainability. I’ll focus on early-stage companies but will drop in some larger outfits. Here’s my first-quarter selection:
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10 Mar 2021 --- This year’s virtual Food Matters Live event kicked off with a spotlight on digitalization’s benefits for global food systems. In a live webinar, Marten van Gils, tech director of Fairfood International, details how the Dutch NGO’s Trace platform helps deliver end-to-end traceability with blockchain.
“The food systems we eat from are pretty far from fair and we have a long way to go to reach the standards,” he remarks.
“As a Dutch NGO that doesn’t have boots on the ground in Africa, Asia or South America, we work with technological innovations,” he details. “We make things and put them in the hands of farmers and people on the ground.”
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NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
NASA Needs Pi!
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2021, Editor: Yvette Smith
NASA uses pi every day!
Pi is instrumental in developing the size of parachutes to land on the Red Planet. In fact, pi helps engineers determine how big the parachute needs to be in order to generate the drag needed to slow down craft landing on Mars. It also helps researchers map and explore Earth and planets in our own and other solar systems.
In this June 2017 photo, the supersonic parachute design that landed the Perseverance Mars rover on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, underwent testing in a wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center.
Want more? Have a Cosmic Piece of Pi!
Explore some of the many ways that NASA uses pi to explore our home and the universe.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames
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