Advances in robotics are changing the way we manufacture and do things and the same applies to agriculture. Farm robots are already making inroads into agricultural work and AI-driven machines are set to revolutionize how we grow and harvest crops. But whether that will be for the better or worse will depend.
In one scenario, mapped out by Thomas Daum, an agricultural economist in Germany, robots may usher in an ecological utopia where small intelligent robots help us grow organic produce in eminently sustainable ways around green fields, scenic meadows and burbling streams that allow plenty of space for wildlife to coexist.[…]
In another scenario, however, we may be in for a dystopia where large robots are enlisted for mass production in dreary and destructive monocultures with little space left for any biodiversity.[…]
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