Enjoy Your Robot-Fresh Meal

Enjoy Your Robot-Fresh Meal

Robots are being built for the battlefield, to cook, and to hang out with senior citizens. Next, they’re changing farms. Deerfield Robotics, a Bosch startup, has created a robot the size of a small car that kills weeds. Machine learning will make the bot, named Bonirob, increasingly efficient over time, and using robots to deweed means eliminating potentially harmful herbicides. Add some harvesting botsand others to the mix and an entire farm could be run by a fleet of robots. That’s outside. Inside, the world’s first fully autonomous farming facility is scheduled to open outside of Kyoto, Japan, in 2017. Using hydroponic techniques, this can be an effective approach for urban farming, either underground or in vacant indoor space. Collectively, these two approaches could vastly change what people think of when they hear the phrase “farm fresh.”

Enjoy Your Robot-Fresh Meal

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Founder, Work Futures. Editor, GigaOm. My obsession is the ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future.

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