Google Tulip

Google Tulip, is a machine learning technology to improve the profitability of Dutch agriculture and the well-being of Dutch cash crops.

Lak Lakshmanan Data Analytics & AI @ Google Cloud says The Netherlands produce nearly 12.5 billion flowers per year. Dutch tulips are among the tallest flowers in the world, and build strong communities within the fields. Researchers have shown that the tulips communicate with each other through their root systems and are able to share resources. Famously, a little red tulip was able to plug a leak in the seawall that protects Holland, thanks to the early warning system perfected by the network of roots that stretches all across the Netherlands.

Many people objectify tulips and want to just display them in vases in a way that is disconnected from the roots that supply so much meaning to their lives. At Google, we believe in organizing the world’s information and the information inherent in the root network was appealing to us. Thanks to collaboration with Wageningen University & Research and libraries of past audio files, we have digitized flower communications over the centuries and have built a machine learning system to identify what the tulips are communicating. By doing so, we have been able to improve the lives of the tulips (at least up to the point they are cut and shipped).

How do someone use Google tulip?

Talk to your Tulip Translator on Google Home or Google Assistant. Available April 1. And on April 1st, 2019, only: look for it on your Google Home device, simply by saying, “Hey Google, Talk to Tulip Translator”. Ask the flower what it needs to grow faster.

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