USA - Time Magazine Honors Israeli Tech

K. Farmer

Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 best inventions of the year included a number of Israeli-developed technologies.

Percepto, based in Modi’in, was listed in the Artificial Intelligence category for its software that enables drones and robots to automate inspections, emergency response and security. The company’s solution allows critical infrastructure and industrial facilities to monitor sites remotely and without a human operator to prevent serious failures, respond quickly to disasters, and enable business continuity. The company also makes Sparrow, the most deployed drone-in-a-box solution on the market.

In the accessibility category, OrCam’s Read uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to read any piece of text aloud, helping tens of millions of people who struggle with comprehension difficulties, poor vision, dyslexia or other issues. The device, priced at $1,990, can read text in multiple languages and respond to voice commands. OrCam, which develops multiple products for people with vision impairment, was founded by Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram, who also founded autonomous-driving technology giant Mobileye.

Finally, under sustainability, Afula-based SupPlant was included for its sensor-less solution to collect and analyze climatic, plant and irrigation data to guide farmers with low-cost irrigation recommendations, weather forecast and crop stress alerts, as well as AI-enabled agronomic guidance to make smallholders more resilient to climate change. The company intends to serve at least two million smallholders across Africa and India by 2022, the company has said. It provided access to 500,000 maize farmers—mostly women living in Bungoma and Busia—to technology that will help them avoid crop failures.

-www.jpost.com, 11 November 2021

Commentary

Once again, Israeli inventions have been recognized as being among the best in the world, if not the best. The creativity and willingness to help others, embodied in the motto tikkun olam, can be clearly seen in the technology featured in this report. From drone software that heightens the safety of critical infrastructure, to AI-enabled irrigation tech to help African farmers avoid crop failures, the benefits to society from this small country are immeasurable.

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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