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Dr Will Browne, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, says modern artificial intelligence is still very easily fooled.
Software problems do more than slow your computer down. Your car won’t start, and for those who can remember back to Y2K, there’s the general fear that everything could suddenly screech to a grinding halt.
Over 10 years of data, you might think the key to a successful forestry plantation is rainfall, but what if the data is examined over 100 years?
How do you monitor the numbers of native birds in our forests when the tui and bellbirds are imitating each other and the trill sounds of the ruru (moreporks) sound just like kiwi?
Augmented reality, where a computer-generated image is overlaid onto what’s really there by a virtual reality headset, works pretty well in a small room.
But take it outside and everything’s too bright and too far away – the cameras can’t sync to the real world; the images start jittering and the software has a meltdown.
Electricity costs are a significant burden for many farms, especially those that run extensive irrigation and dairying operations.
Could a re-jig of when the switches are flicked bring farmers big savings?