Skip to comments.Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes
Posted on 07/14/2013 8:33:22 AM PDT by Olog-hai
On a windy morning in Californias Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, refrigerator-sized contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.
Hired by a Salinas-based agricultural produce company, the engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can thin a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.
The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanizationfruits and vegetables destined for the fresh market, not processing, which have thus far resisted mechanization because theyre sensitive to bruising.
Researchers are now designing robots for these most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots wont be commercially available for at least a few years.
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Will this make Mexicans obsolete?
Automation makes farming cheaper and more efficient but have no fear, somethings will need a human hand for many years to come.
We will need Mexican robots to do the work American robots won’t do.
great....more jobs done away with.....more people with nothing to do...nothing but collect welfare/unemployment/disability.....
Will it make immigration obsolete or can we now be more judicious who we allow into the country?
What happens to the illegals when they become legal and these robots take over? How will these low skill workers make a living when they are no olonger needed?
Still going to make ‘the economic case’ for amnesty, Republicans?
Will need robot mechanics.
Robots will have chrome rims, and ride close to the ground.
This is something that agribusiness has resisted doing for a long time because Mexican slave labor at low wages was too enticing to resist.
Automating and robotizing agriculture will eliminate those Mexican laborer’s jobs. Employers will take the hit to gear up, but once done they will have more production and less labor related problems. robots never get sick, ask for raises, join unions, or have behavioral issues.
This means that millions of soon to be welcomed illegals won’t even be needed for marginal jobs. But the RINOS have as their goal to drive down the wages of the middle class and working poor (because these schmucks don’t matter) and the Dems see a growing underclass that will vote for benefits.
“We will need Mexican robots to do the work American robots wont do.”
best line of the thread
a can’t wait for the day the WSJ starts editorializng that we are not importing enough Mexican robots
Is that so?
I’d much rather have my eggs from my own chickens that I take care of myself than from an “egg factory”, TYVM.
Used to be that having one’s own farm was a mark of total independence, apart from paying whatever tax was necessary to defend the country from hostile alien powers. Now a higher dependence upon machines is good? Be serfs of the new manor and have to slave to repair and service the non-titular lord’s bots, in anticipation of the next farm bill out of the High Congress?
It does no good to have robots do the farming, if there is no land upon which to farm.
Um, that’s nice.
I was talking about jobs. But feel free to bang on about your unrelated subject until the thread dies.
The thread isn’t about jobs, though.
But lots of jobs can be automated. What happens when there are no other jobs to replace them and the people put out of work can’t afford to buy the products? Can they all be retrained as bot maintenance? Where are the replacement jobs? Working people don’t want to be forced on to welfare.
So then what will we do with the 30 million new workers? Oh not worry we will just give them welfare.
Shades of Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano. Its why we need a dynamic economy that can take the guys who made buggy whips and move them into higher tech jobs. Its chaotic and disruptive but necessay for wealth generation. And Socialism stops it and we end up with what you said. A small number of makers supporting a huge number of takers.
They will be eligible to free career retraining on your nickel...
Will the robots urinate and defecate on our food like the Mexicans do?
Robot programming and maintenance will be automated too.
Robots will be so modular, mass produced, and cheap, that repairing one of them would be as silly as repairing a coffee maker.
The problem is not the mechanization, it's the easy availability of those last three.
No problem, though. The Democrats will get 20 votes for each robot purchased by "Big Ag".
They might leak oil onto the food.
I suspect he isn’t even right about that. I also suspect that he was talking only from his own perspective.
Will this make Mexicans obsolete?
Nah, the state can always use more welfare leeches and democrap lever pullers...
They might leak oil onto the food.
They will use fish oil to lubricate the robots cause fish oil is good for......
Aw dammit another gubermint study came out and says fish oil is bad for you....
They should just use motor oil i guess.....
They can get jibs cleaning up after Laura Bush and Cindy McCain. RINO queens can't be making their own beds, after all.
The farmers will go for these machines. Migrant farm workers are a tremendous risk.
Do not feel sorry.
The UFW under Cesar Chavez lobbied Jerry Brown back in the 70s to prevent mechanization from coming to the fields...especially in Watsonville.
Much of what’s being developed now was already in development in the 70s, funded by the state. That funding was shut down.
The UFW wanted numbers. They did not care about conditions. More workers, more misery, more power for them. Luis Alejo would not be in Sacramento without it.
The toiling Indigeanos you see from hwy 1 are unnecessary. Strawberry harvesting is mechanized in Washington state, for example.
It was stopped in California by the illegal alien dominated unions.
Watsonville was 10 % Mexican in 1950. It is now about 80%. Do you think anyone would have cared if the displaced workers were white Okies?
No. They would tell them tuff Luk, get a job over the hill.
Especially if the bees continue to disappear.
When I was on my way out of the shop, new presses that used vegetable oil as hydrualic fluid were on their way in.
Robots doing the work illegals don’t want to do....
It was funny when Americans showed up at rallies with lettuce wanting their fifty bucks.
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