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A trusty robot to carry farms into the future

ZDNet

Farming is a tough business. Global food demand is surging, with as many as 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers. A new company called Future Acres proposed to enable farmers to do more with less through the power of robots. The company, helmed by CEO Suma Reddy, who previously served as COO and co-founder at Farmself and has held multiple roles and lead companies focused on the agtech space, has created an autonomous, electric agricultural robotic harvest companion named Carry to help farmers gather hand-picked crops faster and with less physical demand. Automation has been playing an increasingly large role in agriculture, and agricultural robots are widely expected to play a critical role in food production going forward.


A trusty robot to carry farms into the future

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Farming is a tough business. Global food demand is surging, with as many as 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers. A new company called Future Acres proposed to enable farmers to do more with less through the power of robots. The company, helmed by CEO Suma Reddy, who previously served as COO and co-founder at Farmself and has held multiple roles and lead companies focused on the agtech space, has created an autonomous, electric agricultural robotic harvest companion named Carry to help farmers gather hand-picked crops faster and with less physical demand. Automation has been playing an increasingly large role in agriculture, and agricultural robots are widely expected to play a critical role in food production going forward.


Future of farming: AI-enabled harvest robot flexes new dexterity skills

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In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted frangibility in the global supply networks; particularly those involved in food security. Hallmarks of digital transformation, automation, and artificial intelligence, are being tapped to create a decentralized 21st century food chain. On Thursday, the agricultural robotics and artificial intelligence company Root AI announced new capabilities to its AI-enhanced robotic harvester as well as investments totaling more than $7 million. Now that the AI-enhanced robotic harvester has demonstrated enhanced dexterity to tackle crops of various shapes and sizes, the technology could help shore up these vulnerabilities. In the past, Root AI has provided glimpses of its robo-harvester, known as Virgo, picking ripe tomatoes off the vine.


Use of artificial intelligence in agriculture

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From cultivation to improving harvesting quality, AI is known as one of the main elements for a surplus yield but that too for the ones who are capable enough to make use of it. Agriculture is seeing rapid adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, both in terms of agricultural products and in field farming techniques. Apart from that, most of the countries are looking forward to involving such techniques. In 2016, the estimated value added by the agricultural industry was estimated at just under 1% of the US GDP. The US Environmental Protection Agency, estimates that agriculture contributes roughly $330 billion in annual revenue to the economy, thus such techniques would definitely speed things up.


Hands-free farming using autonomous tractors and drones

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A team of agricultural engineers are attempting a world-first of growing and harvesting a field of cereal crop without a human setting foot on the land. Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land. Then an automated combine harvester will harvest the field in the ground-breaking project. Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land. Drones are also being used to monitor the crops so agronomists don't have to enter the field to carry out their observations.