Saturday, June 23, 2007

Picking Robots

Robots designed to pick fruit are being developed, according to Wired Magazine (discovered at Instapundit), in order to assure a continuous supply of fruit off the tree. With the on-again, off-again enforcement of immigration rules and the low level of unemployment here, farmers who depend on human hands to pick fruit are working to find an alternative. Here is an article detailing the fruit left to rot in California.

This also bring up the bigger question of how many boring, repetitive jobs are still done manually. After watching Unwrapped on the Food Network, a show about how your favorite commercials foods are made, I was amazed at how much of the manufacturing process is not automatized. Are the jobs too complicated? Would the machines be too expensive?

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