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From AI in Agriculture, India Can Benefit a Lot

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on a two-day visit to India. He interacted with the software engineers working at the Hyderabad campus, one of the largest R&D centers 'being run by the company outside its Redmond headquarters.

Though the event was kept out of media glare, Employees were the sole audience at the interview session between the Microsoft CEO and Roy. Nadella reportedly spoke about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in improving efficiency in agriculture.

He said, "Taking AI to the oldest industry on our planet, agriculture, is something we have already been doing in collaboration with local stake holders like ICRISAT (International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics), which just at a little distance away from the campus. If you can increase the yield (with the help of AI) in agriculture, the kind of impact it will have on economies like India will be huge."

On apprehensions about AI taking control of humans, Microsoft CEO said humans will remain in the loop as long as humans design AI to keep themselves in the loop. While artificial general intelligence (AGI) — which makes machines adapt to a learning curve involving human-like abilities such as common sense, perception, planning — is still some time away, humans can still contribute a lot to their fellow humans in areas that machines can’t do even at that stage.


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