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Future of Farming Geared for Efficient Robotic Workers
11/28/2012

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Dorhout's Prospero robot farmer looks somewhat like a mechanical spider, crawling and planting various kinds of seed in ideal locations for that particular crop.   (Source: Dorhout R&D LLC)
Dorhout's Prospero robot farmer looks somewhat like a mechanical spider, crawling and planting various kinds of seed in ideal locations for that particular crop.
(Source: Dorhout R&D LLC)

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tekochip
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tekochip   11/28/2012 10:09:43 AM
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That's a pretty nasty environment, too.  Just take a look at the abuse a typical tractor goes through.

Greg M. Jung
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Greg M. Jung   11/28/2012 9:40:05 AM
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Very interesting article.  I think robots will be used more and more for agricultural applications as time goes on. 

One important thing to consider is the economic costs/benefits of using robots.  Farming typically has low profit margins and the use of any expensive equipment (including robots) must be economically justified by the farmer. If the costs are low, then robotic farming would make sense.

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