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The world's first robot-run farm will harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce daily
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The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots.

So much so that Spread is creating the world's first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day.

Don't expect a bunch of humanoid robots to roam the halls, however; the robots look more like conveyor belts with arms. They'll plant seeds, water plants, and trim lettuce heads after harvest in the Kyoto, Japan farm.

"The use of machines and technology has been improving agriculture in this way throughout human history," J.J. Price, a spokesperson at Spread, tells Tech Insider. "With the introduction of plant factories and their controlled environment, we are now able to provide the ideal environment for the crops."
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The new farm, set to open in 2017, will be an upgrade to Spread's existing indoor farm, the Kameoka Plant. That farm currently produces about 21,000 heads of lettuce per day with help from a small staff of humans. Spread's new automation technology will not only produce more lettuce, it will also reduce labor costs by 50%, cut energy use by 30%, and recycle 98% of water needed to grow the crops.

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Spread is also developing sensors to provide data about how specific type of crops grow. These sensors would alert human workers if a crop is not growing correctly, allowing them to adjust techniques as necessary.

Farm robots will certainly eliminate some human jobs, but they could also create new and more interesting jobs for people. Spread's human farmers, for example, will be able to concentrate on developing sustainable farming methods and learning how to produce higher quality vegetables.

The Vegetable Factory will open next year, and eventually, Spread hopes to build similar robot farms around the world.
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Apple will patent this and call it iFarm jking


jokes aside wouldn't this cause more problems? if one of the robot parts fail everything has to be stopped to fix it
Edited by clao - 1/28/16 at 8:09am
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Haha

Depends how they make the system I guess .
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If this can keep my salads from going bad I'm all for it. I'm not a huge salad guy but I really do enjoy a good homemade taco salad... That sounds good. Maybe I'll have some tonight if my lettuce is still good.
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Farmers will be robots, store clerks will be robots, factory workers will be robots (FANUC), consumers will be robots.

 

Bai bai capitalism, you won't be missed.

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I plant my lettuce in a garden box outside, the rain waters it and it grows just fine, weed it once or twice and its good for all summer, pick it a leaf at a time. No robots need apply. Now a robot growing medicinal marijuana on the other hand, I can see a market for. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Funguseater View Post

I plant my lettuce in a garden box outside, the rain waters it and it grows just fine, weed it once or twice and its good for all summer, pick it a leaf at a time. No robots need apply. Now a robot growing medicinal marijuana on the other hand, I can see a market for. biggrin.gif

Yeah... that isn't how it works outside your backyard lol.

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Originally Posted by clao View Post

Apple will patent this and call it iFarm jking


jokes aside wouldn't this cause more problems? if one of the robot parts fail everything has to be stopped to fix it
And then they'll find a reason to sue someone.
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pretty cool stuff!
id love to have a backyard bunker with some bot farmers constantly bringing me fresh produce.
this is the kind of stuff we'll need in space thumb.gif
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Maybe in due time we can start producing those saught after Hyper Oats once farming is fully mechanized.
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