Interpretive Summary: ASAS-NANP symposium: mathematical modeling in animal nutrition: limitations and potential next steps for modeling and modelers in the animal sciences
By: Marc Jacobs, Aline Remus, Charlotte Gaillard, Hector M Menendez, III, Luis O Tedeschi, Suresh Neethirajan, Jennifer L Ellis
Modeling in the animal sciences has received a boost by large-scale adoption of sensor technology, increased computing power, and the further development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) models. Together with open-source programming languages, extensive modeling libraries, and heavy marketing, modeling reached a larger audience via AI. However, like most technological innovations, AI overpromised. By adopting an almost singular model-centric view to solving business needs, models failed to integrate with existing business processes. Models, especially AI, need data and both need humans. Together, they need room to learn and fail and by offering them as the end-solution to a problem, they are unable to act as sparring partners for all relevant stakeholders. In this article, we highlight fundamental model limitations exemplified via AI, and we offer solutions toward a more sustainable adoption of AI as a catalyst for modeling. This means sharing data and code and placing a more realistic view on models. Universities and industry both play a fundamental role in offering technological prowess and business experience to the future modeler. People, not technology, are the key to a more successful adoption of models.
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