Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology

Discussion in 'hardware' started by ronjor, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

    Jul 21, 2003
    By Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer EAST MEON, England — Nov 30, 2018
  2. Bill_Bright

    Bill_Bright Registered Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Nebraska, USA
    I remember 40 - 45 years ago seeing a documentary on one of those science shows that predicted one day, they would be growing chocolate chip cookies in one big, super super-bowl size indoor farm. A computerized machine would plant 3 rows of wheat, 1 row of sugar cane, 1/2 row of this, 2 rows of that and so on. Computers would provide the exact right amount of water, sun etc. to each plant/ingredient. And come harvest time another big computerized machine would go down the rows, process each ingredient, mix the ingredients in the correct proportions into cookie dough, burn part of the waste (stems and stuff) to fuel the on-board oven, and use the other part of the waste to manufacture the cardboard packaging, including printing with natural vegetable dyes extracted from the plants. Then at the end of row, the machine would spit out cartons of chocolate chip cookies, ready for the market. Pretty cool.

    I think the same documentary predicted we would have colonies on the moon by now, but it was still fascinating.
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