Peggy says that as a society we need to find a way to produce more food. IoT (Internet of Things) technology is playing a huge role in farming and will help us meet the current challenge of food production. She talks about AI (artificial intelligence) growth in the agriculture space, how machine learning is being used to improve crop yield and quality, and how robots can perform tasks that farmers have had to do by hand for years.
Peggy says Microsoft has a unique focus on precision agriculture and edge intelligence solutions—and it also has a commitment to sustainability. She explains that there is a current challenge of water scarcity, with ag using 70% of the world’s available fresh water. She points to the example of a farmer in New Zealand who uses an industrial IoT solution to monitor and manage his farm’s irrigation system. She explains the IoT can help solve a global issue—and we need to rethink how we manage water conservation and more.
Peggy says tech investment in agriculture isn’t new, but there are still adoption hurdles that need to be ironed out. During the last few years in particular, discussions about climate change have really put pressure on the agriculture space to find ways to better monitor their use of resources. She talks about sensors, remote monitoring, and irrigation systems and points to an example of how sensing systems are being used to control water quality on fish farms.
Peggy is joined by Joel Feldman, president, Casey Feldman Foundation, and founder of EndDD.org, who shares his story and distracted driving initiatives. He asks: What is driving? Is it a task to take us from one place to another or an opportunity to do business? He says there has got to be a way to keep each and every one of us from having to suffer a tragedy before we change our behavior. He suggests that if we are going to change this, we have to start with the kids.
Can quantum computing help solve the Moore’s Law Problem? Peggy is joined by Helmut Katzgraber, professor, Texas A&M University, who says his main focus of research lies at the interface of physics, quantum computing, and high-performance computing. He says we aren’t going to solve the issue with Moore’s Law anytime soon, but there will be some instances where quantum computing will offer a huge boost. He says at the moment the quality of qubits is very rudimentary, and we still have a ways to go, but there is no doubt that quantum computing will be a disruptive technology.
Peggy says cybercriminals are getting more and more creative. She explains the era of quantum computing could disrupt this. Quantum computers are expected to improve the way we solve certain types of problems, she says, with the key difference being the way information is stored. She continues that quantum computing could play a role in security, as messages can be encrypted in a way that can’t be read by anyone except the intended recipient.
Peggy says a too many people are losing their loved ones to motorists that are driving distracted drivers. She quotes more distracted driving numbers and talks about this deadly epidemic. She discusses an impaired driving, and a drugged-driving suit from Ford, saying it has vision-impairment glasses that produce blurred vision, flashing lights, and cause tunnel vision. She wants to see what technology can do to take the educational movement even further.
Peggy says more than 1.25 million people lives are cut short every single year because of a road traffic accident. She explains there are many reasons people end up in accidents, but one of the most preventable reasons is distracted driving. She asks: What exactly can we do about this problem? The same technology that creates value for us in business isn’t doing us any favors when used during a task like driving that requires our full attention, she explains. She dives into the conversation of autonomous driving and if it will help solve the problem.
Peggy introduces the topic of quantum computers, as it relates to the cloud. She says quantum computers can perform complex molecular modeling that we can’t perform today due to computational limitations. A quantum computer can process all possible solutions at once to come to an answer. She ties it into the cloud, saying cloud-based quantum computing is being pioneered by many large companies and also startups. The cloud can provide access to quantum processing.
Peggy says in 2016 manufacturing contributed an estimated $178 billion to the worldwide IoT (Internet of Things) spending, while the second highest, transportation, contributed $78 billion. She explains that cloud computing and fog computing are quickly becoming a key part of the industrial IoT equation. Today’s edge devices are capable of packing more compute, storage, and analytic power, she says.