W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information
University of Michigan School of Information
Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. Previously, Kentaro taught at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he did research on the application of information and communication technology to international development. He was a founding board member of Digital Green.
The potential impact of AI on human civilization is hard to overstate — never before has humanity faced a rival in intellect. But, how specifically will AI affect global agriculture? Technology’s “Law of Amplification” offers a few predictions, at least to the extent that global economic systems continue largely as they currently are: AI will make agriculture for well-resourced entities more efficient, but it will have little direct impact on low-income smallholder farming, where severe financial, physical, and absorptive constraints are the bottleneck. Implications for policy will be considered.
Join us for the ICTforAg 2023 Virtual Event, scheduled for November 7–9, 2023.
To get a sneak peek into what the November event will bring, check out the ICTforAg Launch Event that was hosted on June 15, 2023.
Hear from one of our November keynote speakers, Kentaro Toyama, learn about the Inspire Challenge, and much more.