May 13, 2019 – James Thorne – GeekWire
For the first time, some of the apples sold in the U.S. will be picked by a robot rather than human hands. That’s thanks to agricultural automation startup Abundant Robotics, the maker of apple harvesting machines.
April 8, 2019 – John Seabrook – The New Yorker
In recent years, seasonal labor has become much more scarce, and more expensive—making it difficult for growers of apples, citrus, berries, lettuce, melons, and other handpicked produce-aisle items to harvest their crops. The solution, Gary Wishnatzki believes, is to make a robot that can pick strawberries.
May 30 2018 – Peter S. Goodman – The New York Times
Long plagued by poverty and desperation, Stockton, Calif., is testing universal basic income as a means of improving the lives of its residents.
Sept 12 2017 – Jamie Condliffe – MIT Technology Review
If you want to grow a field full of barley but don’t want to get your hands dirty, never fear: robots can do the whole dang thing.
Dec 14 2017 – Matt McFarland – CNN Tech
If farmers want to know how healthy crops are, perhaps they shouldn’t trust their eyes.
Sept 25 2017 – Dyllan Furness – Digital Trends
Researchers at Harper Adams University and agricultural company Precision Decisions have removed humans from the farm entirely.