Descartes Labs raises M to make agricultural predictions with deep learning

Descartes Labs, a startup with image recognition technology that can help companies answer questions related to agriculture, is announcing today a $5 million round of funding. The startup can work with satellite images to predict what will happen next. To do that, Descartes Labs depends on a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning. The method entails training systems called artificial neural networks on lots of data, like a whole bunch of satellite images containing different things, and then getting the neural networks to make an inference on the contents of new images. Using this technology, Descartes Labs claims that it can make more accurate predictions than the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Above: Descartes Labs vs. USDA. Image Credit: LinkedIn post Mark Johnson, cofounder and chief executive of Descartes Labs…


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