Artificial intelligence is a field of computer science and is sometimes called "machine intelligence." In simple terms, AI is a field in computer science that teaches machines how to replicate human physical actions and react like humans. AI aims to build machines that can think, behave, and understand the way humans do. Its applications in the horticulture industry are diverse. From effective planting, watering and harvesting to testing new systems, machines can often be created to be more efficient than people. The horticulture industry needs people with artificial intelligence acumen to help them improve yield, safety and more.
The minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree in a computer science field. Additional degrees may be required for advanced positions. Knowledge of horticulture and horticultural methods is ideal.
WHERE TO STUDY
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In August 2020, the median yearly salary for an engineer was $114,121, according to Glassdoor.com. For more information, visit Glassdoor.com's Artificial Intelligence page.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
- National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
- National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Robotics Industries Association
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
For a look at some of the ways AI and robotics are improving the horticulture industry, check out this video from Wageningen Plant Research.