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Friday, May 19, 2017

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of mechanized worker has hit apple orchards. Abundant Robotics in California has built an automated apple picker that uses a vacuum system to suck the fruit straight off of the trees. "As a kid in Louisiana I was inspired by agricultural equipment such as combines, cotton pickers and tractors," Abundant Robotics CEO Dan Steere told the Newshour. "The work we're doing is an extension of several hundreds of years of technology innovation for agriculture."

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Testing for the picker is underway in Australia, where apples are in season. In the autumn, the prototype will return to the United States and will continue testing in Washington, where apple orchards are a significant part of the economy. In 2004, 58 percent of apples grown in the U.S. came from Washington.

"Harvesting apples isn't an unskilled job. It's highly skilled and difficult work," Todd Fryhover from the Washington Apple Commission told NewsHour.

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That robot sucks!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:40 PM | Reply

Todd Fryhover from the Washington Apple Commission

Obvious donald voter.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-05-19 08:18 PM | Reply

Robots have been setting pins in bowling alleys for 65 years.
Robots can rarely fix themselves though.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-05-20 03:19 AM | Reply

Robots are just undocumented humans.

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-05-20 08:09 AM | Reply

"Harvesting apples isn't an unskilled job. It's highly skilled and difficult work"

Hmm. I wonder why migrant workers do it then?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-20 04:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

# 3> Don't get too optimistic. Soon enough, They'll have robots fixing other robots.

#6 | Posted by shane at 2017-05-20 05:17 PM | Reply

# 3> Don't get too optimistic. Soon enough, They'll have robots fixing other robots.

#6 | Posted by shane

And soon after that, they'll have computers writing the software, too. There are no secure jobs in the future.

#7 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-05-20 06:31 PM | Reply

Hmm. I wonder why migrant workers do it then?

From the article:

Fruit and nut farms employ 41 percent of the nation's agricultural work force, and one-sixth of the work force claim to be migrants.

So that is about 6400 migrant apple pickers out of 40,000.

#8 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-21 04:07 AM | Reply

Take a trip to the Yakima Valley and report back on how many Americans you find picking apples.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-21 10:14 PM | Reply

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