We already have the first fully automated farm that will replace the traditional farmers with robots. Farming is the future, especially since there has just been a huge breakthrough in “hands-free” or automated farms, as they are now able to replace all workers with robots and artificial intelligence.
It is likely that, in the not too distant future, farmers will have to leave the field to sit in front of a computer screen. And there is already the first fully automated farm, seen in Australia, which has had an investment of $20 million.
This automated farm is being developed by researchers at Charles Sturt University in Australia, in partnership with the Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre. Once completed, the 1,900-hectare farm will serve as a demonstration of the capabilities of robotics and artificial intelligence in the agriculture of the future.
And when we talk about robots within this automated farm, we are referring not only to the typical robotic arms we already know but also to drones, advanced tractors, harvesters, and all kinds of sensors.
The farm is not fully operational and is in a pilot phase, but for example, in its first tests, it is already running at full throttle during the night, when farmers are sleeping.
“Full automation is not a distant concept, there are already mines in the Pilbara operated entirely through automation,” explains Food Agility CEO Richard Norton. “It won’t be many years before technology takes farmers out of the field and immerses them in the world of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence.”