Climate change, monoculture growth and population increases have all led to an increase in the number of wildfires consuming our forests and grasslands. Indeed, these events are taking place not just more often, but more extensively and to more permanent effect. So, can the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution help solve, or at least aid tackling, this issue? DroneSeed is a Seattle-based start-up certainly thinks so. Using drones, artificial intelligence and biological engineering, its UAV platforms, equipped with multispectral camera arrays, high-end lidar, six-gallon tanks of herbicide and proprietary seed dispersal mechanisms have been hired by several major forest management companies and governments are also showing interest, given the technologies potential.
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