Within the framework of the “World Bee Project”, an IT-company “Oracle” began its work on creating a global hive network with artificial intelligence. Scientists want to get real-time information about the relationship between bees and their environment, writes “Agro-Center”.
The population of bees in the world is decreasing each year. It disturbs both farmers and environmentalists. The pollination process is an extremely important link in agriculture. Scientists suggest that the decrease has several causes: excessive use of insecticides; air pollution; global warming; a certain type of tick and even electromagnetic radiation interference.
Innovative beehives will be equipped with sensors that capture the sounds of buzzing bees, the movements of their legs and wings, the weight of honey, the level of humidity in the hive, as well as local weather and levels of air pollution. The use of sensors in hives is not new, but the use of artificial intelligence is.
“The most important part of data is the sound. We convert it into a data stream and use it for machine learning, to inform a beekeeper. And Oracle Cloud technology allows getting a lot of data very quickly. We have the technology that teaches, adjusts and corrects itself, so it automates all the necessary actions,”
said John Abel, cloud-based technology vice president at Oracle.
Scientists say that such an observation of insects will reveal which problems are bees facing and at what stage. Over the past 50 years, pollination-dependent agricultural production has increased by 300%, while the bee population has decreased sharply.