|we share the concern of futureoflife.org - technology has accelerated to the stage where life could thrive everywhere at the same time or self destruct-those expert in computing tell us this race began in 2 labs 1959 mit, 2 years later at stanford - 60 yars of neither party in dc understanding this race is quite sad|
.let's see if it is possible to transform washington dc after nov 4 back to the high spirited days when people believed if americans could land in the moon, the no mission would be worldwide impossible for youth networks of the new machine intel age -what my dad norman macrae journalised as telecommuting and entrepreneurial revolution at the economist
a few questions
does it let you see the conversation on ai-artificial intel - for agriculture sdgs or does it require you to join the community?
if it requires joining - this is free, takes about 10 minutes but is worth at least one associate tech member joining imo as well as students concerned with humanising ai as the most urgent sdg related tool any youthful entrepreneur can connect scale round as we race post covid and hopefully out of trump bullying
this is a community group around singularity uni at mountain view which is run by the founder of xprize who is also sponsoring various projects at the un/itu #aiforgood - those of us who admired the free university work of taddy blecher out of s africa may wish to know singularity is now his main global platform
there are several latin am people currently active in this community- bookmark above clicks to the sort of text footnoted on a project in colombia- while i am not sure if this project has an evident win-win with your work , i do strongly ask friends at spanish or latin culture speaking american universities to form a friendship with someone in colombia which many people are saying is becoming smartest at helping youth connect good ai around the world- that might be an over generalisation but colombia's current president is helping lead ai and recently bogota became the first hub in latin america to be linked to world economic forum industrial revolution 4 which is one of the fastest moving parts of weforum during covid era- also over at the lse, ana torres the colombian who joined the organisation of american states in dc 10 years ago to hub continent wide youth entrepreneur competitions now hosts the extraordinary youth entrepreneur world cup which handled 100000 serious entries during the first covid annual competition https://platform.entrepreneurshipworldcup.com/display/EV
i am linkedin to the board level organiser of ai at world economic forum if we can think of the right sort of question to converse with her
chris macrae +1 240 316 8157 launching new washington dc from nov 4 DC2021.com
footnote singularity members mail introducing colombia ai for agri
Carlos joins us from Bogota, Colombia where he is the co-founder and COO of Cultivando Futuro SAS, an organization that is mapping the farming and agricultural sector in Colombia.
Carlos, along with his two co-founders, have been working on the project for seven years. Carlos attended our Singularity University GSP program in 2015 on a scholarship supported by Socialab through a Global Impact Challenge.
Cultivando Futuro has mapped over 3200 farmers in Colombia. This includes not only mapping the location of the farms and the produce they grow, but information about the farmers themselves, such as how many family members they support to the infrastructure and services they have on their farms (ranging from everything from access to irrigation piping to toilets to financial services to smartphones.)
All of this information is aggregated into visual dashboards, where in a few minutes, the viewer can have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the rural communities that are mapped.
The data on the Dashboards can be used in a number of ways, from connecting farmers to the people who will buy their produce, to helping the government understand how to make policy decisions that will support farmers, to helping farmers access services. Cultivando Futuro is currently supporting the Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia with their data and is formulating a project with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to help farmers decide what they should plant and when, using AI voice recognition technology applied to phone calls.
Most recently, during the pandemic, they have also been able to publish information on when certain farmers will have produce ready, including specific amounts and at specific times. This helps with managing the overall food supply chain in Colombia during this time of uncertainty.
Earlier this week I caught up with Carlos over a video call to learn more about his work.
When I asked him about the major challenges he has faced, he mentioned one of them was simply the amount of time and years it has taken them to become a technology team that is also an expert in agriculture. For example, in order to gain insights about how data and communication tools could promote fair trade in developing countries where a conventional marketplace doesn’t guarantee successful transactions, they set up their own agricultural warehouse to understand how technology could help.
Another challenge is that because Cultivando Futuro is one of the first groups to digitize agricultural information in Colombia, there are so many different uses for the data it is hard to know where to start. It can be challenging to figure out which services they pursue first, or if they should try to build several at the same time. This also relates to which business model they hone in on.
In addition, Carlos also mentioned that it is challenging to help people understand how once they have the data, it can not only be used in many different ways, but is building a foundation for many future uses of the data. For example once the data is in place, one can also work with artificial intelligence, drones, sensors and Iot technologies. Carlos and his team face the constant challenges of trying to help farmers address their immediate needs, but also think about what they are building for the future. (In my experience, this is actually a common challenge for many SU alumni and community members as the nature of exponential technologies is disruptive - it changes how the world works on multiple levels and across multiple industries, and, over time.)
In addition to his work with Cultivando Futuro, Carlos also tries to help others. As we were wrapping up our call, Carlos was preparing to hop on another call as a mentor to young people working on agtech innovations in Indonesia. He does this through his role as an Ambassador with the Thought For Food Community. He said that mentoring goes both ways - although he is a mentor he also learns a great deal - and that it is interesting for him to talk to agtech innovators in other countries as it also helps him think about common principles and how Cultivando Futuro might scale their platform globally in the future.
I asked Carlos how this community could help him and he mentioned that he is seeking both agtech mentors and technology mentors (especially developers) and that they are also seeking grants and alliances to be able to experiment with building new functions on their platform.
Carlos recently joined our community, and you can connect directly with him here or in the comments section.
diary from 11/3/2020
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