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The Hut, IoT, and Agriculture: A Computer Scientist’s Perspective

  • These methods, however, require vast amounts of data, so the provision of large, publicly accessible datasets is of critical importance in creating further applications.As a computer scientist working in agriculture, I utilise weather sensors installed at key locations to build weather models and simulate growing conditions; however, there is a…
  • If this were scaled up worldwide, agronomists and climate scientists would have access to all the data they would ever need to monitor and improve the world.In order to prototype this concept, I built a small temperature sensor and connected it to the Hut 34 Network.
  • It was also very simple to have the sensor recording data points at a fixed interval, and this whole history could then conceivably be broadcast to anyone who wants it.
  • On one level, Hut34 would allow me to scale up my sensor network almost indefinitely — I could sell small, cheap sensor boxes to anyone willing to contribute, or send boxes of them to other researchers around the world, and all the sensors would be networked for me, or anyone else, to…
  • This also provides people with incentive to buy my sensor boxes: For example, pay me ten dollars now, place this box outside your house, and then generate revenue every time I (or, again, anyone) needs to access the data.Cheap weather sensors are clearly only one application of this networked system,…

Modern technology is all about big data. With recent advancements in large-scale processing and artificial intelligence, computers can use large stores of data to achieve almost anything, from…

The Hut, IoT, and Agriculture: A Computer Scientist’s PerspectiveModern technology is all about big data. With recent advancements in large-scale processing and artificial intelligence, computers can use large stores of data to achieve almost anything, from learning to diagnose medical issues and engage in realistic conversation to writing novels and research papers autonomously. These methods, however, require vast amounts of data, so the provision of large, publicly accessible datasets is of critical importance in creating further applications.As a computer scientist working in agriculture, I utilise weather sensors installed at key locations to build weather models and simulate growing conditions; however, there is a fundamental limitation in this whereby if any local disturbances affect a sensor, I have to resort to much less reliable estimations. Imagine if, instead, a network of connected sensors was installed throughout the areas of interest and surrounding neighborhoods: then, probabilistic patterns could be extrapolated without relying on any individual data point. If this were scaled up worldwide, agronomists and climate scientists would have access to all the data they would ever need to monitor and improve the world.In order to prototype this concept, I built a small temperature sensor and connected it to the Hut 34 Network. Using a simple webhook interface which took very little time to set up, I had my sensor reporting the temperature on request to anyone on the network. It was also very simple to have the sensor recording data points at a fixed interval, and this whole history could then…

The Hut, IoT, and Agriculture: A Computer Scientist’s Perspective