We all know about that plants are living things. But we have never heard that it can talk too. So now Google has something which is surprising. Yes, Google has brought around “Google Tulip”. It is a machine learning technology intended to improve the profitability of Dutch agriculture and the well-being of Dutch cash crops.
The Netherlands produces nearly 12.5 billion flowers per day. Dutch Tulip is one of the tallest flowers in the world. It builds strong communities in the fields. As per researchers these tulips can communicate with each other through their root systems. Also, they are able to share resources. A little red tulip was able to plug a leak in the seawall that protects Holland. All credits go to the early warning system that it perfected by the network of the roots that stretches all across the Netherlands.
How they did it?
There are so many people who objectify tulips. They want to display them in vases in a way that is disconnected from the roots and the supply is so much meaning to their lives. Google believes in organizing the world`s information. The information inherent in the root network was appealing to Google. For this, they collaborated with Wageningen University and Research. Google also refer libraries of past audio files. Google has digitized flower communications over the centuries and has built a machine learning system to identify what the tulips are communicating. By doing so Google has been able to improve the lives of the tulips.
Their training architecture was quite simple. Google was able to use Google Cloud Speech to text and auto ML natural Language to train the machine learning models without having to write any code. Because of connectivity problems tying more than a million tulips together, it became a bit more challenging to carrying out real-time predictions. Google uses Cloud IoT core to collect the audio data from individual tulips. Then they carried out the predictions on Kubeflow Pipelines “on-premises”. The requests from the tulips are then acted upon by human overseers.
When the flowers need more sun, Google simply calls out to the Google Wind API to make that happen. This is the technology Google announced two years ago on this exact day to employ machine learning to predict the wind. Also, ensure clear skies in the Netherlands. API is quite easy to integrate. Besides the benefits to Dutch agriculture, an unanticipated side-effect of Google Tulip has to add closed captioning of flowers
Do it yourself version
If you want this technology to your garden on your own flowers, you can use Google`s Do-It-Yourself kit that employs Google Cloud Tools. On 1st April 2019 look for it on your Google Home device, simply by saying, “ Hey Google, Talk to Tulip Translator” and ask the flower what it needs to grow faster.
This is still not confirmed that this project exists or not. the video was released on 31st March, so it could be an April Fool prank. So still we can`t take it as a confirmed news.