THE FIRST FULLY autonomous ground vehicles hitting the market aren’t cars or delivery trucks—they’re robo-farmhands.
WHEN YOU THINK of automation, you probably think of the assembly line – a dance of robot arms. But that’s child’s play.
Wonky and inedible vegetables will be eradicated by farm robots which do not harvest crops until they are perfect, scientists have predicted.
Artificial intelligence is a tremendously powerful technology that promises to transform the very nature of work, inevitably leading to the automation of certain white-collar jobs.
If you will forgive the outburst of alliteration, the harvesting of a “hands-free hectare” at Harper Adams University has made headlines all around the world, in the technology press as well as the farming press.
IN A field on the outskirts of Norwich, Innes McEwan, head of farming at Future Biogas, explains the benefits of maize. It is full of starchy energy, responds well to organic fertilisers, has a short growing season and can be cultivated in a range of soil types.
Before stepping into Plenty Inc.’s indoor farm on the banks of the San Francisco Bay, make sure you’re wearing pants and closed-toe shoes. Heels aren’t allowed. If you have long hair, tie it back.
An Australian engineer is hoping to use drones to plant 1 billion trees every year to fight an unfolding global catastrophe.
Seven years ago, James Harrison was at his desk researching ideas for a business using drones. Having recently left the British army, the ex-officer was researching which industries might benefit from using unmanned craft for a company he planned to launch with two former colleagues.
IT IS, in one way, the ultimate drone. In another, though, it is the antithesis of what a drone should be. Drones are supposed to laze around in the hive while their sisters collect nectar and pollinate flowers. But pollination is this drone’s very reason for existing.
Peppers are a pretty big deal, mostly because they’re delicious. Globally, over 26 million metric tonnes of peppers are produced every year, with Europe’s crops alone amounting to $400 million. However, although picking the fruits is a simple job for a human, it remains highly labor-intensive.