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AI is Being Used To Raise Better Pigs in China (qz.com) 48

Alibaba's Cloud Unit has signed an agreement on with the Tequ Group, a Chinese food-and-agriculture conglomerate that raises about 10 million pigs each year, to deploy facial and voice recognition on Tequ's pig farms. From a report: According to an Alibaba representative, the company will offer software to Tequ that it will deploy on its farms with its own hardware. Using image recognition, the software will identify each pig based on a mark placed on its body. This corresponds with a file for each pig kept in a database, which records and tracks characteristics such as the pig's breed type, age, and weight. The software can monitor changes in the level of a pig's physical activity to assess its level of fitness. In addition, it can monitor the sounds on the farm -- picking up a pig's cough, for example, to assess whether or not the pig is sick and at risk of spreading a disease. The software will also draw from its data to assess which pigs are most capable of giving birth to healthy offspring. Tequ's CIO stressed that taking care of pigs is no easy task for large pig farms. "If you have 10 million pigs, relying on manpower is already not enough," he said, according to a report by local publication Tianxia Wangshang, adding that it's impossible to manually count each pig given how many are born every day.
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AI is Being Used To Raise Better Pigs in China

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    How is simple image recognition AI?

    Am I missing something in the article?

    • by mikael ( 484 )

      They can paint a hieroglyphic mark onto each pig - it would have to be fault tolerant so that if it were partially obscured, it could still be read. Then they can do image processing to measure activity, size and health of each pig using weight vs. size.

  • Back in the 70s, US Government funded NASA that kept creating technologies that the private companies used to create world dominating technologies. From ball point pens to teflon to internet....

    China is using the similar model of development. The technology originally created by the government to monitor and improve the lives of its citizens using social credit score [wired.com] is being used by private companies for profit.

    • The technology originally created by the government to monitor and improve the lives of its citizens using social credit score [wired.com] is being used by private companies for profit.

      Hey, wait are you calling Chinese citizens pigs!?!

      At any rate, AI Bacon is a geek's dream come true.

      Now I just need Blockchain Lettuce and Autonomous Tomato for a perfect Hype Sandwich!

    • And in the 1600's governments had a very cozy relationship with their East Indie Trading companies and the like. And these days we've seen, through the diplomatic cable leaks [wikipedia.org], that government is somewhat cozy with industry today. The point is, government-industry cooperation doesn't always work out for the best.

      Let's refine that. Government funded basic research opens doors to industry and advances technology.

      Also, are you REALLY sure you want to try and spin the whole "social credit score" as a posit

  • And why does it want to be a pig farmer?

  • For all those who keep saying "this isn't AI", you are WRONG. This is AI. The iPhone X is an AI phone, because it can recognize you. Please send Apple more money now since they are at the forefront in AI. Oh by the way, image recognition and neural nets have been around for decades. Glad you guys just "discovered" it.
  • PigBook! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Zorro ( 15797 ) on Friday February 16, 2018 @12:20PM (#56135382)

    Welcome to Pig Book!

    PigBook will NEVER share your most intimate details with farmers and in NO WAY will PigBook lead you to be slaughtered!

    Trust me!

    Signed: Mark Zuckerberg.

    • Are farmers ever going to be pissed off when they start receiving unsolicited Facebook texts for their pigs to return to Facebook after they are slaughtered.
  • Nanotech, Podcast, Cloud, App, and now we have AI.

    "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." — Inigo Montoya,

    In other words same old same old programing with a few new tricks thrown in. Marketspeak for 2018

  • If you have 10 MILLION pigs in one farm, how can that be healthy? It's a tremendous strain on the natural resources, the animals and the environment.
  • China using AI to manage pigs?

    There's a joke about capitalists in here somewhere, but I can't find it in this pigsty!

  • ... asks, "If pigs are so smart, why are they pigs?"

    Let's see AI do something about that.

  • Iphones are being used to raise kids in America. Take that China!

  • Perhaps this technology could be adapted to provide a better class of Congressmen and Senators.

    Since it works on pigs, it's at least worth a try. It it worked on rats, weasels and reptiles, it would be a slam dunk.

  • Coming soon to a school near you? Household version also available...

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