August 11, 2016

WHICH WILL FREE THEM UP TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW HOMES WE NEED:

Farm Robots Are Starting To Take Some Human Jobs, And That's Not A Bad Thing (ADELE PETERS 08.11.16, Co.Exist)

For farm workers, picking strawberries is painful work. Laborers--often migrant workers from Mexico, if the farm is in California--might spend 10 to 12 hours a day in the sun, bending and re-bending over the tiny plants, trying to fill baskets with the fragile fruits as quickly as possible for little pay. If the crop isn't organic, the fields are doused in pesticides that can put workers at risk of cancer.

There's another option: Agrobot, one of several new specialized robots designed to do some of the worst manual labor on farms. The strawberry harvester moves carefully through a field, using an artificial vision system to identify ripe fruit and gently pick it. One new version of the robot, with 60 arms, can harvest a 20-acre farm in three days; the same task would take 20 humans three days.

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