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A FIELD of bar­ley in Shrop­shire has be­come the first in the world to be planted, grown and har­vested by robots, with no hu­man en­ter­ing the field.

The field at Harper Adams Univer­sity (left) has had ro­botic trac­tors and com­bine har­vesters do­ing the work, with the crops mon­i­tored from above by drones on au­topi­lot. The pi­lot project has seen around 4.5 tonnes of bar­ley har­vested, and sci­en­tists there say that the fu­ture of farms will in­volve fleets of smaller ve­hi­cles and drones do­ing the work.

In other ro­bot news, the ex-head of Welling­ton Col­lege has said that ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) will rev­o­lu­tionise teach­ing. Sir An­thony Sel­don says that AI will use pupils’ in­di­vid­ual ways of learn­ing to tai­lor lessons, so that stu­dents can ad­vance faster.

Check out the ro­botic tech­nol­ogy that was used in this ex­per­i­ment, in our awe­some Just The Job film at­mjob

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