Some $26 billion is spent on herbicides each year. These chemicals are often indiscriminately sprayed over entire fields of crops that have been genetically modified to resist the chemical onslaught. And it’s agrochemical giants like Bayer, DowDuPont, and Syngenta that usually create both the genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that are sprayed on them. The… Read more »
Posts Categorized: robotics
A newly developed vine-like robot can grow across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications. Source: Stanford University News Date: April 20th, 2018 Link: https://news.stanford.edu/2017/07/19/stanford-researchers-develop-new-type-soft-growing-robot/ Discussion 1) Another day, another type of robot! What sorts of things could you use this robot for? 2) Imagine you… Read more »
It seems there are few jobs robots can’t do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings. But they’re only needed because humans can’t – or won’t – do the work, farmers say. Source: BBC Business Date: April 20th, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43824607/meet-the-robots-that-can-pick-and-plant-better-than-we-can Discussion 1) Robots that can pick and plant seeds… Read more »
Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October. Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English… Read more »
If a ballooning humanity wants to feed itself as global warming throws agriculture into disarray, it’ll need the help of robots like Vinobot. Source: Wired Magazine Date: April 13th, 2017 Discussion 1) What are some of the issues with using robots in fields? 2) Can you think of applications where a robot is just not going to… Read more »
Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study. However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear. It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy. Jobs… Read more »
Description: Bosch’s new weed-destroying robot could eradicate the need for herbicide use. Source: Digital Trends Date: November 20, 2015 The company Bosch is developing a farming robot the size of a small car that can distinguish crops from weeds. The Bonirob can then can fish out weeds mechanically & obliterate any unwanted plants into the ground with… Read more »
Description: Former Skype co-founders have designed a self-driving robot that can navigate local neighborhoods to deliver parcels. Source: CNN Money Date: November 6, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Which demographics might find this type of robot useful? 2. What other kinds of tasks might a robot like this be useful for?
Description: At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha demoed Motobot — a humanoid, motorcycle-riding robot. Source: CNN Money Date: October 30, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. What do you think a machine like this will eventually be used for? 2. What do you think Yamaha’s motives were to create a robot such as this?
Description:”Since it was introduced, [the Roomba] has been increasingly packed with some cool technology,” said Susan Schreiner, senior analyst with C4 Trends. Source: TechNewsWorld Date: Sept 17, 2015 The device combines adaptive navigation with visual localization, cloud-connected app control and increased cleaning power. It is the most capable model to date, according to the company, which… Read more »