There are now multiple available artificial intelligence based apps which have relevance to agroecology and permaculture; Many are free. Full time permaculture designers and large agroecology projects and will probably tend to have higher effectiveness when using appropriate AI tools.
Typical contemporary machine learning software is consistently accurate at solving one specific, narrow thing. Machine learning developers write a program for a task, then find lots of data, then using graphics processing unit based computers - they train and evaluate the program, then they might make it user ready. An example of a modern AI tool is the Deepmind AlphaGo which beat the best Go player in the world and go is among the hardest games in the world to be the best at. This level of AI is typically a Recursive Neural Net, programmed in the Python programming language using TensorFlow library with a Keras wrapper.
AI tech is not a huge risk yet, but most experts I've read have voiced a need to improve AI's safety. There are risks of AI being misused by folks as well as the risk of general AI being developed and then it becoming both powerful and bad. Regulators still have not even formally explored enacting safety measures around AI*. Therefore its currently up to users and developers to insure their AI tools are as safe as possible. If you get into AI, please stay up to date with AI safety and follow best practices when they start to come out. Its possible that using AI for good projects, in a safe and democratic ways - will increase the probability both that more people will do more good things with AI and that the likely development eventually of domain-general AI (super AI) will be a great thing for everyone and the planet.
AI Safety Resources
MIRI, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Their "About" page is useful and readable. Their papers are typically technical.
Future of Life Institute
"Mission: To catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges."
User-Ready Acroecology Related AI Tools
AI For Earth
AI for Earth a set of tools run by diff earth sciences organizations; They're backed by and partially funded by Microsoft Research as part of their AI For Good project. The seem to have by far the widest selection of user ready eco ai stuff. I assume this help them sell operating systems in the long term. It has the following tools:
"Applying AI to satellite imagery can improve forest management."
"Accelerating wildlife population research using computer vision."
"Enabling precision conservation and more sustainable agricultural practices by applying AI to soil, yield, and tillage data."
"Applying machine learning to increase the scale and efficiency of wildlife surveys."
"AI for Earth is working with conservationists at the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic Society to enable citizen scientists across the globe."
AI for Earth also has a wide set of earth sciences data and technical resoources available. So far it all looks free.
Granular is the farming ERP which Nori has its farmers use. It seems focused on adding value via data analytics functions. [Nori is a carbon market
; They pay farmers to increase soil carbon] [ERP = enterprise resource planning] There are other farm ERP's out there.
Pacific Agroecology LLC
They're a acroecology consulting firm seeming to use a fair amount of AI.
*: [Our forum moderators will probably limit our discussion here if we make this political so lets avoid that.]