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What's slowing the use of robots in the ag industry? | The Robot Report - tracking news about the business of robotics

Two traditional qualifyers for farmers buying new equipment are flexibility and return on investment. Precision agriculture isn't just rhetoric; it's real-time intelligence flowing into analytics software that transforms that flow into meaningful, practical information that farm managers can react to quickly. That data -- and that process -- have costs and, for the last few years, farmers have been stretched because commodity prices are down. But changes effecting labor, water, commodity prices and politics are speeding up the need for significant automation in the already heavily automated agriculture industry while technological improvements are speeding up, particularly in the areas of vision systems, perception and grasping.

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AI, machine learning blossom in agriculture and pest control

AI, machine learning blossom in agriculture and pest control | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In a departure from using AI and machine learning tools for tasks such as automating customer service, some companies are applying the technologies to grow better corn crop
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The Long Emergency: An Interview with James Howard Kunstler - O'Reilly Broadcast

The Long Emergency: An Interview with James Howard Kunstler - O'Reilly Broadcast | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
We'll, let's just start by saying we've constructed an infrastructure for daily life with no future. That's pretty disturbing, isn't it? I customarily refer to this as the greatest misallocation off resources in the history of the world.
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James Kunstler says: "Look, the airlines are dying. The next time oil goes up in price, or becomes scarce here-and-there, the industry will tank. Unless we rebuild the railroad system, we're not going anywhere in this large, continent-sized nation. How will people get from Chicago to St. Louis? Atlanta to Baltimore? How are we going to move stuff when the trucking industry gets into trouble? We're not paying attention. The lack of any discussion about rebuilding the railroad system shows how un-serious we are, what a nation of clowns we've become. Rebuilding the railroads is of tremendous importance. It will put scores of thousands of people to work on a meaningful project; the basic infrastructure is already there, rusting in the rain, waiting to be fixed; it requires no new technology, and getting it done would boost our confidence to address the other systems that we need to reform and rebuild -- namely agriculture, local-and-regional commerce, appropriately-scaled urban development, etc."

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Our Alarming Food Future, Explained in 7 Charts | Mother Jones

Our Alarming Food Future, Explained in 7 Charts | Mother Jones | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The takeaway from a blockbuster climate report: As the temperature goes up, crop yields will go down.
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Red harvest: robot farmers find sweet spot for strawberries

Red harvest: robot farmers find sweet spot for strawberries | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Intelligent robot strawberry farmers, capable of travelling up and down fields monitoring crops, are being developed in the UK. Dogtooth Technologies, a start-up company based near Cambridge, is developing autonomous robots designed to harvest soft fruits such as strawberries. The company tested its first prototype robot in the field in the summer of 2016, and […]
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