Saturday, June 6, 2009

Robot Farmhands?

A New Scientist article which went online Monday discusses the prospects for agricultural robots entering service in the near future. The piece offers no projections as to how many of these "robot farmhands" will be in service when (let alone with what results or what consequences), or word on actual plans to get the new machines into the fields. Rather, much of the tech seems to be at the experimentation/demonstration stage (which tells me that any anticipations right now are sketchy at best). Still, it discusses the path the technology has taken to get to this point, and does offer an interesting discussion of how it might continue the rest of the way into service not too long from now.

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