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Hybrid Intelligence Reshapes Agriculture to Safeguard Biodiversity

Experts led by Prof. Thomas Berger introduced "hybrid intelligence" to align agricultural practices with biodiversity conservation, using AI to optimize decision-making.

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Hybrid Intelligence can Safeguard Biodiversity (Photo Source: Pexels.com)
Hybrid Intelligence can Safeguard Biodiversity (Photo Source: Pexels.com)

A team of experts spanning diverse fields from agricultural economics to digital management has uncovered a pioneering approach to bridge the gap between biodiversity conservation and agricultural practices. Led by Prof. Thomas Berger from the University of Hohenheim, the team introduced the concept of "hybrid intelligence" as the linchpin in harmonizing ecological, social, and economic objectives in agriculture.

Addressing the disconnect between short-term agricultural goals and long-term ecological impacts, Prof. Berger noted the need to consider the landscape-level interactions of multiple farms over space and time. This holistic approach, he argues, is essential for effective biodiversity conservation.

With the emergence of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, the team envisions a transformative shift in agricultural decision-making. By integrating human intuition with AI's computational power and analytical capabilities, hybrid intelligence promises to tackle the complexity of agricultural systems like never before.

Central to this approach is the development of computer models equipped with multi-agent technology, capable of simulating various ecological, social, and economic processes. These models, enhanced with AI, offer a dynamic platform for stakeholders to explore and implement biodiversity-friendly measures collaboratively.

One practical application highlighted by Prof. Senthold Asseng from the Technical University of Munich is the adoption of group payment programs for environmental measures. With the help of hybrid intelligence to analyze complex data and facilitate communication among farmers, these programs aim to optimize the effectiveness of conservation efforts while minimizing bureaucracy.

However, the success of hybrid intelligence hinges on trust and transparency. Prof. Henner Gimpel highlights the importance of ethical design and participatory governance to ensure broad acceptance and legitimacy.

Finally, hybrid intelligence emerges as a promising avenue for addressing the pressing challenges facing agriculture today. As Prof. Berger asserts, further research and collaboration across disciplines are imperative to unlock the full potential of this transformative technology and realize its benefits for farmers, ecosystems, and society at large.

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