So we have the Pepper robot serving customers at Japan’s Softbank store, so why not let robots also play a role in our food chain? The first robot-run farm in the world is said to boast of the capability to harvest a whopping 30,000 heads of lettuce – daily. According to Japanese lettuce production company Spread, they believe that future farmers will no longer be made out of flesh and bone, but rather, will comprise of nuts and bolts. Spread believes in such an idea that they have come up with the world’s first farm manned entirely by robots.
Of course, their idea of robots would be a whole lot different from that of regular humanoid machines that walk around, but rather, these robots come in the form of conveyor belts and are equipped with arms. They are full well capable of planting seeds, to water plants, as well as to trim lettuce heads after harvest in the farm that is located in Kyoto.
J.J. Price, a spokesperson at Spread, shared, “The use of machines and technology has been improving agriculture in this way throughout human history. With the introduction of plant factories and their controlled environment, we are now able to provide the ideal environment for the crops.” We do wonder whether this robot makes use of similar technology that can handle delicate fruits.