The MIT AI vegetable planting project was shut down, and the foreign media evaluated it as the "cutting leek" project

Posted May 26, 20202 min read

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The AI crop cultivation project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States was permanently closed at the end of April because of fraud.

This project is called the "Open Agriculture Project" and was implemented by Caleb Harper, the former chief research scientist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in 2015. The main product is a square portable closed box similar to a mini incubator, known as a personal Food computer.

The hardware and software of the personal food computer are all open source, so that more people can do indoor farming experiments. The PFC is equipped with production devices for the conditions required for crop growth, including plant hydroponic trays, LEDs, sensors, pumps, fans, and control electronics. Through open source computer software, PFC claims that it can cultivate a variety of plants. As long as downloading different plant growth custom codes, people can control the parameters of light, humidity, nutrients, PH value and other parameters in the closed box to help plant growth.

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The project claims to be able to use deep learning to grow vegetables. And it will collect food computer data from all over the world, and then use machine learning algorithms to provide an environment "recipe" for plant growth around the world that is more suitable for its habits.

Harper planned a development route for this product, starting with helping Syrian refugees grow vegetables, gradually extending to the exploration of future agricultural development, and finally building a globalized digital farm, allowing people to grow their favorite plants freely.

Unfortunately, in a review in 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection imposed a $25,125 fine on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the project because the OpenAg project drained used plant growth fluid and diluted cleaning fluid into The underground emission control well was violated, which violated the relevant provisions of the underground well registration clause.

A subsequent survey by IEEE Spectrum showed that Harper's remarks about the deployment of PFC in refugee camps between 2017 and 2019 proved to be lying. The product function of PFC has not been realized.

Caleb Harper is also considered to be the "leeks" of investors. According to the company's filing documents and Fenome internal documents held by Spectrum, during the project, Harper raised $4 million for his company Fenome.

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