Monday, November 17, 2008

panning back to the big picture

This blog is about the application of robotic technology (machine intelligence combined with sensory input and operational flexibility) to the performance of horticultural techniques on an agricultural scale, without continuous human supervision, and with relatively low power requirements.

It is about machines bringing to bear not only cropping plans but, eventually, an understanding of plant ecology in choosing their detailed actions, balancing the need for production with other concerns, including the preservation of endangered species.

There is no example I can point to, because only bits and pieces of the technology currently exist.

My role is to point to what could be, what will be if we set our minds to it.

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