Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Watch: Flying-Robo Harvester Picks Ripe Fruit, Set To Displace Humans


.This takes it up a notch.  It is also the solution for soft small fruit as well.  Once you are down to a two pound weight scale, then it is down to a manipilator arm and a specific tool. All this can be nicely engineered.

The software aspects looks to now be well in hand.

Thus a continous rotation of fruit ripening can be planned for rather easily.  We may even be able to radishes as well along with all sorts of vegetables if desired.  

THe whole problem of raising all fruit and vegetables is in the picking.  It is mental drudgery and it is brief employment.  This way we can collect just the ripe fruit and continue over the life of the crop.

Watch: Flying-Robo Harvester Picks Ripe Fruit, Set To Displace Humans


WEDNESDAY, FEB 24, 2021 - 22:00


It's no secret by now that the rise of automation and robots is projected to displace millions of jobs in the coming years. Many low-skilled jobs will be wiped out because of robots, sending technological unemployment, the loss of jobs caused by technological change, through the roof.

The latest installment of technological change leading to short-term job loss could soon be seen in the fruit harvesting industry.

Israeli company, Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, has developed a flying autonomous robot (FAR) that works day and night to pick fruit. Artificial intelligence embedded within the FAR determines the ripest fruit to pick through sensors and computer vision.

"The FAR robot can work 24 hours a day and picks only ripe fruit. It uses AI perception algorithms to locate the trees and vision algorithms to detect the fruit among the foliage and classify its size and ripeness. After choosing the right fruit, the robot then works out the best way to approach the fruit and remain stable as its picking arm grasps the fruit," said Inceptive Mind.

"There are never enough hands available to pick fruit at the right time and the right cost. Fruit is left to rot in the orchard or sold at a fraction of its peak value, while farmers lose billions of dollars each year," the company's website said.

Below, FAR robots pick ripe apples instead of humans.

The automated system provides farmers with real-time updates on harvesting progress, time completion, quantity picked, and overall costs. At the end of Tevel's promotion video, it says, "this is our future."

Expanding more on the "future" as described by Tevel, one where robots will displace low-skilled workers, a "great transformation" is underway where upwards of 20 million jobs could be lost due to robots by 2030. 96,224

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