FarmGPT: how Singapore-based Entoverse brings chatbots to insect farming. 

Forget ChatGPT, AI-driven chatbot called FarmGPT is now being used to optimise industrial insect farming in a novel attempt by Entoverse. 


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm. One particular tool stands out amongst the rest: Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (GPT), also known colloquially as ChatGPT. From rampant fears of such technology taking over jobs to debates over whether this AI-based tool is a boon or bane to students, there’s a lot of discussion surrounding the particular topic. 

For those out of the loop, ChatGPT is a chatbot driven by AI that users can interact with in a conversational manner. The dialogue format being utilised opens up a realm of possibilities: users can ask follow-up questions and challenge answers or incorrect premises, while the tool can admit its mistakes and also reject requests it deems inappropriate. Ask any questions – as specific or vague as you want – and get an answer instantaneously. 

ChatGPT and insects? 

Still, insect farming might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the applications of ChatGPT, let alone AI. Singapore-based Entoverse is here to change just that. 

Following the introduction of GPT intelligence in late 2022, Entoverse’s latest innovation hopes to apply said revolutionary technology to its Entograte ERP system. A startup hoping to deliver the latest AI-driven digital farm management solutions for the insect farming industry, it has recently announced the start of its trials in incorporating ChatGPT intelligence. This will hopefully overcome the challenge of human management of increasingly large and complex insect farms. 

Not only that, but this technology is also expected to optimise workflows and operations, placing less burden on the users running it. There are multiple common challenges and obstacles when dealing with insect farming. Mortality or diseases due to environmental conditions or insect feed, as well as human error, are only some of the potential issues when managing populations of millions of insects. 

benefits of FarmGPT.

Noticing budding complications and putting a stop to them is especially important considering how fast diseases can spread and the scale of insect farming. The aforementioned challenges usually cause a 25% to 50% loss in the overall population – if you’re lucky. If you’re unfortunate enough, there’s a very real possibility that the entire population might be wiped out. 

FarmGPT is thus an important addition to Entoverse’s AI-powered insect farm management system. It will deliver data-driven actionable insights that address insect cultivation challenges. FarmGPT will be trained by a combination of the following: proprietary and white-label open-source training datasets, environmental data from IoT sensors and internet data, and insect behavioural data from live video camera farm footage.

The best thing about this? Everything will unfold in real-time. Fast communication and reactions to changes in farming conditions are key to preventing insect populations from being wiped out, which is precisely what FarmGPT will be able to do. This can make all the difference when dealing with the lives and deaths of millions of insects.

Dr. Dmitry Mikhaylov, CTO and Co-Founder of Entoverse emphasises, “ChatGPT and now GPT-4 have proven the potential of AI in changing the way we approach the problems of today. At Entoverse, one of the problems we are solving is improving the efficiency of insect egg production and larvae rearing for maximum protein mass output. This cannot be done with manual farm management alone. This is why we have built Entoverse, which automates the farming process and improves yields. FarmGPT will now take this automatisation one step further, and we are excited to witness how it will transform current approaches to insect farming for better output.”.

applications of FarmGPT. 

FarmGPT is currently being prepared to be tested at CricketOne, a leading cricket farming company that provides crickets to the EU, North America, Japan, and many more. The efficacy of GPT-driven insect farming processes and how this could potentially benefit farmers will be studied. Imagine facing an issue and being able to get an immediate answer – there’s no need to wait for help anymore. 

Beyond crickets and insect farming, future applications of FarmGPT include the breeding of other species in closed, controlled environments. This involves creatures like bees, mealworms and even potentially shrimp or fish! Both the insect farming and AI intelligence fields are relatively new and rife with potential, and we can’t wait to see what will unfold.


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raeanne

The copywriting intern who likes spending way too much of her free time looking for small trinkets and watching two hour long youtube video essays.

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