A new robot has almost eliminated the need for harsh chemical herbicides. These chemicals can make produce and food dangerous to consume if not cleaned properly. However, intense CO2 lasers powered by AI are zapping weeds out of the path for healthy plants to grow.
The Autonomous Weeder has 12 cameras for identifying different weeds and can destroy 100,000 weeds per hour. It can clear 15 to 20 acres in one day. A single worker could take a whole season to compete with this level of labor.
"I expect the robots to go mainstream because of how effectively they address some of farming's most critical issues, including the overuse of chemicals, process efficiency, and labor. The sky's the limit," says James Johnson of Carzalia Farm.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence work together to improve the public's overall health and keep farmers from doing tedious and dangerous work when there are more important tasks.