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In Defense of A.I In the Agricultural Sector

The continuous and uncompromising growth of the population worldwide has created a serious demand for the agricultural industries to keep up with said growth to provide food for as much people as possible. However, there are serious problems in the agricultural industries that hinder their adjustment to population growth – shortage in laborers, increasing global warming, more and longer draughts and lack of funds. There is therefore a call for a new "superhero" to save humanity from their own unhindered reproduction while support said reproduction – artificial intelligence, the next generation of menial laborers worldwide, the saviors of potential starvations and savers of the tax-payer's hard-earned salary. The following are the various benefits of A.I in the field of agriculture, that we should be aware of and become grateful for:

Compensate for Lack of Manpower

Due to new job opportunities and to the urbanization of the globe, the number of agricultural employees becomes sparse and sparser. The lack of proper manpower to fulfill the menial and harsh jobs in the farms is a threat to the continuation for humanity's existence in its gradually increasing population, with hundreds of thousands of people being born everyday and less dying. This growth demands to generate more food to feed more mouths. With the absence of needed farmers, many more people worldwide may die due to starvation. This is where A.I comes in and fulfills the absent number of human counterparts. Take note that A.I shall not replace humans completely, but only fulfill the void of needed farmers. From unmanned tractors to crop-spraying drones, human workers will have more time and energy to invest on other tasks in the farm required to be done, leading not only to more productivity, but to better efficiency, too.

Greater Output of Food at Cheaper Prices

One of the better functions of A.I in contrast to humans, is that A.I can operate in harsher conditions and environments than humans, and more extensively, too. It means that machines can operate themselves during extreme conditions, or at least very uncomfortable ones, such as in summer, winter, during extreme heat, during extreme cold and during draughts in areas that suffer from lack of rain. In addition, the greater skill of mechanized workers would mean that more potential can be actualized from less amount of farmland, decreasing the requirement for more farmlands for better output. Because the output of food is and shall be increased due to A.I technology, it would mean that food will be cheaper, because there would be more of it in general, making it not only cheaper but more accessible for theoretically everyone on the planet. Such output can possibly terminate the issue of extreme hunger in third world countries, and healthier products for all.

Better Elimination of Hazardous Components

A.I entities prove once again to be not only more efficient than us humans, but more intelligent as well. The "Hortibot", a robot made by agricultural engineers to take care of weed – can identify 25 types of weed. With such subtle distinguishing, this machine can take care of a weed individually to its type, making the handling of weed not only more efficient, but also cheaper than non-mechanized weed-ridding tools, as it can work longer without damaging the soil beneath it. This is merely one example of how A.I can take care of problems for us and allow more available hands to work on other tasks needed to be done in the farm. Another example is the Lettuce-Thinning Robot, a product of the American Blue River Technology, which can eliminate unwanted plants in accordance to the data its vision system receives from each plot of land, which is then stored in its inbuilt memory library – all in an optimized, subtle yield of the object it interacts with on the soil.

Words of Summary

With all these benefits included in A.I technology, farmers and farm owners should increase their trust in the people behind the machines. They should understand that integrating A.I technology into their business serves not only a helping hand for their financial stability and prosperity – but a great assistance to humanity at large for many generations to come, while saving lives on the side and allowing people across the globe to adept not only to the technologized world, but for a better wellbeing as well. Those who refuse to acknowledge the advantages of modern-day tech in the midst of its various disadvantages, should offer better solutions to various problems on a worldly scale, which can be solved or at least be helped a little bit more thanks to technological and scientific innovations and upgrades.

While I am aware that I am partially against the implementation of A.I technology into our lives, as it has some dangers as well, as stated in this article, I genuinely think people worldwide can be at least a little less hungrier than they currently are if we are to use A.I in the agricultural sectors across the globe. Therefore, my resisting beliefs towards A.I include some exceptions, especially if we are to consider the probability of manual labor being more effective with technology than with human workers, which in turn, they can have better job and education opportunities to follow and to actualize, rather than stay in a low-paying, low-status jobs that can be done by advanced machinery.