Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Great Article
Elizabeth M   7/17/2013 6:19:23 AM
Glad you enjoyed it, Cadman-LT. I agree with you and think researchers do, too, as there are other efforts underway to use robots in agriculture as well in places where there is a worker shortage.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Fewer people on the farm
Elizabeth M   7/17/2013 6:23:30 AM
Thanks for the perspective, naperlou, and you're right--it's the jobs where fruit and vegetables needed to be individually harvested and picked that is lacking in labor, which is why researchers are focusing on these areas for robotic help. Although as another reader pointed out, robots also could displace the people that still want to do these jobs.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Robots in the field
Elizabeth M   7/17/2013 6:27:30 AM
That's a good perspective as well, talmoortariq. The financial aspect of this is probably even more important than the technological aspect, but I imagine before they would be used that return on investment would somehow be factored into the equation. I guess it would be hard to judge for something so new, but I am sure there is a way to do it.

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robotic farm workers
randolphgarrison1   7/17/2013 10:36:59 AM
I feel this is a great use of robots.  The only draw back is the sensors and the AI, however both are advancing quickly.  I remember seeing and article about a robotic hand that used a puff of air to test the ripeness of peaches.  It might be worth revisiting.

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A little spooky.....
1800ES   7/17/2013 2:01:58 PM
I was quite a fan of SF in the 1970's...this pair of agricultural robots is a bit spooky for those of us that remember "Silent Running".   In that film, most of the crop tending on the spaceship was done by a couple of robots.

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Re: Fewer people on the farm
Charles Murray   7/17/2013 7:30:06 PM
It might not happen in the near future, naperlou, but I'm sure you're right. Eventually, someone will re-engineer the crops so they can be more easily harvested by machines.

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