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  • The sharp increase could also see a net gain in “new roles” for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the “seismic shift” in how we work with machines and computer programmes, the forum estimated.

  • Globally, research in Precision Viticulture is moving fast (in scientific terms). Dr Carlos Poblete-Echeverria is building a team to focus on Precision Viticulture at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology (Stellenbosch University) and also he is part of the group that is developing the prototype vineyard robot “the Dassie”.

    Satellites have been used in Precision Viticulture for a while now, and many farmers make use of their ability to reflect soil issues, ripening patterns and canopy development.

  • How many jobs are vulnerable to automation? Plenty of people ask that question, and plenty of people try to give numerical answers. A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that about 46 percent of jobs have a better-than-even chance of being automated.

  • A new breed of robots with humanoid hands capable of performing delicate tasks such as picking soft fruit has been made possible after a technological breakthrough from scientists at Stanford University.

  • A industrial revolution  involving convergence of the physical, biological and digital) is under way. Central to it is the emergence of artificial intelligence-based technologies such as robotics, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision and speech recognition — collectively called cognitive technologies.


  • Four ways robotics will influence agriculture in 2019-
    As ever, farmers are turning to technology to address a number of pressing problems, such as the growing global shortage of food and labor.

  • Back in the good old days, farming was easy. Throw some seeds in the ground, keep it watered, pray to your preferred deity to spare your crops from pestilence and wait for harvest season.

  • Food production needs to increase by 70 per cent to feed the nine billion population projected for 2050. Fortunately, the industry is benefiting from some radical thinking. Here are the cutting edge technologies taking farming towards this goal.

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