A coconut farmer in Papua New Guinea has used a drone powered by blockchain and artificial intelligence, and charged by renewable energy, to count his yield in a unique trial conducted in the Pacific island nation. The UK-based started Flyingcarpet went to Papue New Guinea’ capital city then travelled four hours to get to the small village of Kokopo to conduct this trial last year. Farming employs more people in developing nations than any other industry, yet innovation within the sector is lacking. Julien Bouteloup, an entrepreneur and blockchain technology developer with university degrees in electrical engineering and AI machine learning, came up with the idea for Flyingcarpet whilst travelling last year to more than 20 countries.
Flyingcarpet is powered by the AIR Network protocol, a decentralised autonomous services network enabling people to deploy IoT devices such as drones to collect data in a timely, terrain-unspecific and cost-efficient way, which can help poorer communities automate tasks that are often laborious and expensive.