Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Lettuce Bot

the week.com:

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That's why I'm surprised at his answer when I ask him if he would replace these workers with a robot doing the same job.

"Not if," he says, "the question is when."

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And it's fast. Hickman says the machine can thin up to 40 acres of lettuce plantings in a day, the same amount of time it takes Peixoto's crew of 15 people to cover 12 acres.

There are six LettuceBot units currently in operation in California and Arizona, the two states which produce nearly all of America's lettuce crop. Hickman says the machines are a picture of farming's future. "Agriculture is changing, and we need to change along with it," he says.

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...the LettuceBot's computer brain and light touch can do the job better than human crews — increasing yields by up to 10 percent.

The statement about being able to do the job not only faster than a human but better while raising yields is something I am continuing to see with respect to robotics. This trend is going to accelerate not slow down.

People that can think ahead and understand this trend will profit immensely. I am using the Global Robotics and AI  ETF as my current investment vehicle to capture this trend.


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