Machine Programming: What Lies Ahead?

27 November 2019. Imagine software that creates its own software. That is what machine programming is all about. Like other fields of artificial intelligence, machine programming has been around since the 1950s, but it is now at an inflection point. Read more…


How AI startup ask-jean is disrupting the SA wine tech industry

26 November 2019. It’s not always easy to know what wine to pair or purchase when you’re planning an occasion with friends or when you’re in a store having to make a selection. Ask-jean, a voluntary data hub has come along to simplify the decision-making process, with the wine consumer in mind. Read more…


Why online trading is benefitting SA agriculture

19 November 2019. Today, farmers have access to technology such as the electronic sow feeding (ESF) system that incorporates mixed animal weighing technology aimed at precisely feeding each sow or gilt (identified via radio-frequency identification (RFID) patches) the right amount of feed at the right time. Read more…


Are QR codes still worth using?

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What Artificial Intelligence Means For Customer Loyalty Marketing

11 October 2019. It seems like everyone is trying to identify how artificial intelligence (AI) can benefit their business. In my circles, executives are asking how AI will impact customer marketing, more specifically data-driven customer marketing. Read more…


The three inventions that created the modern wine world

9 October 2019. Whenever anyone discusses the history of wine, three men generally go unmentioned: Alois Senefelder, Clarence Saunders and Malcolm McLean. The trio, a German and two Americans, were born in 1771, 1881 and 1913 respectively. None of them, as far as I know, had anything directly to do with vines, wine or winemaking, but their inventions changed the nature of the wine industry. Read more…


#FoodNextAfrica: Blockchain will simplify and transform supply chain traceability

25 September 2019. When it comes to the food industry, building trust is a big deal. Consumers are at a point where they want more insight into where their food is coming from. According to the WWF, a bid to improve the traceability of supply chains around the world is top of mind with a major focus on transparency – but how is technology disruption promoting business growth? Read more…


5 Wineries Using Cutting-Edge Technologies

19 September 2019. From robots and drones in the vineyard, to sophisticated new blockchain and cryptocurrency offerings, wineries are taking dramatic steps to update the level of cutting-edge technology they deploy in order to make higher-quality wines and boost overall profitability. In some cases, this embrace of technology has been driven by external factors – such as the extreme fluctuations in temperatures resulting from climate change. In other cases, the changes are being driven by the increasingly blurred line between the tech industry and the wine industry. Read more…


AI, changing the future of Africa’s food security

17 September 2019. According to GeoFarm South Africa, farms in the United States are 27% more productive than South African farms compared across the same area, moisture levels and soil types. While, superficially, this is because farms in the United States are more mechanised, a closer examination of what these agricultural machines are doing shows just how fundamentally AI has changed the way humans farm, and how dramatically these changes have increased agricultural yields. Read more…


Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we farm

26 July 2019. Technology represents the cutting-edge of agriculture. High-tech firms are using artificial intelligence to help famers decide when to plant, water, spray, and harvest their crops. As climate change worsens the technology could also help growers navigate more severe and volatile weather. Read more…