Tuesday 14 August marked the start of the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge at the facilities of Wageningen University x- Research (WUR) with five international teams trying to grow cucumbers remotely with the use of artificial intelligence. The goal is to convert knowledge about cultivation into algorithms that can enable computers to regulate cultivation automatically in the future, even in places where such knowledge is lacking. The question is: can computers do as well as farmers? explains head of the Horticulture Technology research team Silke Hemming. The teams collect all data remotely and can continuously adjust their software algorithms. The software itself adjusts the output settings like temperature where necessary. The goal is that the self-teaching software gradually takes over human decision-making, adds Hemming. The challenge was organised by Wageningen University &-x Research Greenhouse Horticulture and the internet company Tencent.