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Japan Hopes A.I. Will Drastically Reduce Food Waste

  • 17
  • 06
  • 2016

Food waste is a common problem around the world. Every country has a way of dealing or unfortunately, too often not dealing with it.

The government of Japan has estimated that every year they discard 6.4 million tons of food that is still edible, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

A Japanese weather association has offered to help lower food waste rates by using artificial intelligence. The Japan Weather Association noticed a third of industries are affected by weather, with the food sector being the most sensitive.

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The plan is to partner with companies in the food sector and develop an automated system to predict food demand. In order to cut down excess production and reduce inventory loss, the system will analyze weather information, sales data, and trends going on in social media.

So instead of just focusing on weather and sales, Twitter will be the go-to social media network to analyze trends. The AI tracking system will record the frequency of words like “hot” and “cold” to offer a deeper understanding of consumer behavior.

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This tracking system in conjunction with an accurate weather forecast will help a manufacturer make decisions about transportation and adjust production according to the predictions.

Although manufacturers and retailers have their own methods of predicting demand, those methods are not exact and are only used internally.

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The new system plans to create a sort of union to help businesses take advantage of the information.

We think Japan’s way of dealing with this problem is quite creative, but we can’t know until it shows results.

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