The Robots are Coming

A casual discussion about the automation of work and the decreasing relevance of humans to productivity.

Robot Farming

January 29, 2016

Japan is going to harvest lettuce with robots.

So much so that Spread is creating the world’s first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day.

[...] Spread’s new automation technology will not only produce more lettuce, it will also reduce labor costs by 50%, cut energy use by 30%, and recycle 98% of water needed to grow the crops.