Ro­bot farm

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In Oc­to­ber, the United States’ first au­tonomous ro­bot farm was launched in Cal­i­for­nia. It was cre­ated by a com­pany called Iron Ox in or­der to ad­dress the two main is­sues that the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try cur­rently faces: a labour short­age and a need to in­crease pro­duc­tion. Au­tonomous ma­chines are used to plant leafy greens and herbs in in­di­vid­ual pots. A ro­bot con­trolled by AI soft­ware then moves around the farm, trans­port­ing the pots to the pro­cess­ing area. An­other ro­bot is in charge of har­vest­ing the plants. In­vestors, con­vinced by the project, have mas­sively helped Iron Ox with fund­ings, mak­ing more than $10bn in in­vest­ments last year.

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