When we think of “technological breakthroughs,” the average person thinks with a consumer’s mindset. We expect something that we can see and touch and own. With so many revolutions happening in the consumer technology space during the past generation, it’s no surprise that most people don’t think on the macro level when it comes to technologies.
But it’s expansive, networking technologies which have had the most impact on our lives. Just as highways are more significant than any make or model of automobile, communication networks are more important than the brand of smartphone that you choose. And even as these handheld gadgets are becoming mature technologies, unable to increase by leaps and bounds as they were a decade ago, technological networks are still in their infancy.
Intel is leading the charge with their real-time analytics infrastructure. There are many applications of this technology, including earthquake detection and manufacturing. But perhaps the most fundamental change that this technology is going to make is in the way we grow our food.
Analysts of these matters anticipate that our growing world is going to need 50% more food by the year 2050. The catch is that we’re not going to have any more farmland to spare. If anything, we’ll have a lot less. So we’ve got to be a lot more efficient with farming practices in order to meet the requirements of the future.
Intel’s Real-time analytics are giving farmers the ability to know what is going on at all points of their property, all at once on a mobile device. All aspects of the crop growing process may be automated, or at least regulated, to maximize yields, to minimize pests, and to fend off blight and other issues. The result will be a more efficient, better-fed world. Intel’s analytics technology is here for people, here for the future.