Monsanto is a controversial name in the world of agriculture. They have gathered a lot of criticism for its technology-driven and heavily litigious way to conduct the business. But the future of farming may be shaped by this company for its latest effort. Atomwise and Monsanto are partnering up to use AI in the agriculture sector.
AI will be used to quickly discover molecules that can protect crops against disease and pests. Atomwise will use its deep learning to predict the likelihood that a given molecule will have the desired effect rather than ruling out the molecules on at a time. It will list down and memorize the most genuinely promising candidate list of those molecules.
This new approach can save a massive amount of money and time. Typical crop protection takes 11 years to reach the market and costs $250 million to develop, noted by Monsanto. This AI implementation can help the agricultural industry tackle diseases and infestations before they do too much damage and it will also help the company turn a quicker profit, of course. It might also give researchers more time to look into possible side effects that could harm benign insects and bacteria.
So do you think it will harm or actually be helpful to the agriculture industry?