This computer will grow your food in the futureRicky ChhearCalifornia StateUniversity Long BeachCAFF 388: Consumers vs TechnologyDecember 4, 2017 THISCOMPUTER WILL GROW YOUR FOOD IN THE FUTUREIntroduction Manyfoods such as fruits and vegetable are not as fresh as it may seem in thesupermarkets. Most of them are picked out from at least a month to year beforethey enter the supermarkets. Why do they seem fresh? It is because they put gasin cold storage to slow down the process of the food. These gases are toxic tohuman if consumed, which in fact, has killed several in the past.
I am choosingthe topic about a computer that will grow food in the future because it seemsvery interesting and the example that the apple is eleven months old has caughtmy attention.TECHNOLOGYHISTORY Thecomputer that will grow your food in the future was created by Caleb Harper. Itis a computer that uses data to provide knowledge about how to properly growplants in a controlled environment (Arora, 2017).
Everyone in Harper’s family is a farmer or has farmed, but his father wantedhim to focus his future on something else other than farming. In 2011, Harperhad visited Japan after their Fukushima nuclear disaster and witness thereality that many people were unable to feed themselves. He then realized thattechnology could be the thing to save a growing global agricultural crisis.
In2012, Harper started the open Agriculture Initiative at MIT’s Media Lab wherehe and his team developed a platform for sensor-controlled agriculture systems(Arora, 2017). The platform uses hardware and software system meant forexperimentation, education, and production of food. Harper launched thisproject to solve world food crisis through an open source agricultureinitiative and build indoor food server farm without the need of farmingoutside. TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING The food computer technology ismanufactured to look a lot like a personal computer or 3D-printer. It alsolooks like a fish tank, but with no water inside and is controlled by a glowingpurple LED lights (Hansman, 2015).
It is a tiny, low-water, climate-controlledagriculture system designed for growing food in cramped city quarters. The foodcomputer is plugged into a network that all the environmental information runsinto a database. So, other food computers and farmers can research how muchwater and light the plants need and use those data to grow their own crops(Hansman, 2015). The food computer is manufactured at the MIT’s Media Lab whereit is not yet released to the public to be able to purchase. The company isstill doing research on the food computers.CONSUMER PROFILE Thefood computer consumers are focused on students and farmers for the future ofgrowing food.
But, this innovative technology is not ready to be able to purchase.To date, there are fewer than 10 food computers worldwide: six personal foodcomputers at MIT and Boston-area public schools, two food servers at MIT andCinvestav in Mexico. The first food data center is scheduled to be built later(Anderson, 2016). While the consumer profile data is not using this technologyat the moment, it will be expected to grow once the food computer is ready torelease their technology. TECHNOLOGYMARKETING OpenAG istargeting schools as pioneers in the world of food computing because educationwill be a key factor in inspiring a technology-driven generation (Harper,2015). The company most important mission is to create more farmers andstudents are the best examples to market towards. Harperbrought the food computers with him and dropped them off at schools wherestudents can experience the food computer personally. Harper taught thestudents how to use the food computer and to grow their own food themselves.
Thereis a 3D environment where students can access the program through their smartphone and access recipe that has already been created or create a new onethemselves. Then the students will follow the steps and grow the plant on thefood computers. Harper want kids to see agriculture as an exciting field wherethey can innovate, explore, and make real impact on their communities and onthe world (Harper, 2015).
GLOBALAPPLICATIONS There areno other countries using this technology at the moment because there are only afew produced and they are located at the MIT’s Lab, Boston, and Mexico. Manycountries can benefit from this technology because there are many countriesthat are starting to vertical farm indoors. There are 145 vertical farms inJapan, 45 in Taiwan, 20 in China, and more than a dozen in the United States(Anderson, 2016). The results of vertical farming are the cost savings that thenewest lights yield is enough to make vertical farming increasinglyeconomically viable for indoor farming expenses. Conclusion I see the future of food computer to be risingin the future, that many people will start using this to grow their own foodlocally. The downside of food computer is using a lot of electricity and water,but there are always advantages and disadvantages to many things. OpenAg seesthe solution to food computers as a problem of high food miles, climate change,growing urbanization, and a reducing number of food producers worldwide to be foundin an open-source, networked, and computerized agricultural system (Shah,2016). Overall, I feel that the future of food computing will continue to rise notas a replacement to farming, but a possible substitution.
REFERENCES – centered, bold and listed on separate pageThe reference list is alphabetical, double spaced. Keyboardshortcut of CTRL + T will correctly indent reference list, list below is forexample only Anderson, M. (2016). MIT’s FoodComputer: The Future of Urban Agriculture? Retrieved from https://spectrum.
ieee.org/computing/embedded-systems/mits-food-computer-the-future-of-urban-agricultureArora, R. (2017).
Caleb Harper: Teachingthe World to Farm with Technology. Retrieved from http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/caleb-harper-teaching-the-world-to-farm-with-technologyHansman, H. (2015). What Is a Personal FoodComputer? Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-a-personal-food-computer-180956085/Harper, C.
(2015). Food Production in aTechnology-driven Economy. Retrieved from http://techonomy.
com/2015/11/food-production-in-a-technology-driven-economy/Shah, N. (2016). Is digital farming thefuture of food? Retrieved from https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2016/0524/Is-digital-farming-the-future-of-food