Jul 142013

As spiffy as a drone landing itself on an aircraft carrier was, I think this might be more important:

Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes

It’s an AP article, so no quoting without the lawyerbeasts taking an interest. But the basic point is this: Lettuce Bot. A robot is being tested by Blue River Technology, and apparently at least more or less works, that “thins” a field of lettuce, doing the work of 20 humans – who would probably be illegal aliens. Several other such robots are discussed, including a strawberry picker.

The article discusses how this could make farming more efficient. What it doesn’t mention is how this could make farmers no longer dependent upon low-skilled illegal aliens… which would negate a good chunk of the need for them. No longer would “they’re doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do” be a valid argument. Instead, “robots are doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do, and Americans are being employed to make the robots” will become a valid argument.  supporting illegal immigration in the face of these new developments is in fact a slap in the face of American technological development. Other countries will develop these robots, even if the US doesn’t.

If you have a Senator or Congressman who’s squishy on whether or n0t to pass yet another round of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, make sure to pass this info along to them. In a few years, the role of millions of illegals could be filled by honest, legal, American-made robots.  Any legislator who, upon learning this, still opts for amnesty, can be safely assumed to be working not in the best interests of America, but instead is simply pandering to generate votes and should be replaced with a new legislator who actually wants what’s best for the American farmer and the American economy.

Imagine it: in a decade or so, instead of importing millions of low-skilled workers who bring nothing to the economy or the culture and who are  a massive burden to the legal and health care systems, the US could be exporting millions of robots around the world to work fields. Instead of spending billions to support millions of people who are minimally useful to the US, we could be making billions across the world.

 Posted by at 9:29 am
  • Nick P.

    Always figured it was a matter of time before something like this was figured out.

    Frankly with actual robotic arms and vision systems becoming cheaper and more effective it wouldn’t surprise me if pretty soon we have robotic auto-pickers even for things like raspberries and the like.

    • publiusr

      It all sounds nice–but the robots won’t be made in America–ADM will just buy them from China, and folks either side of the border will be broke.
      The odd thing of it is this–I thought we would have had this technology already. Drones seem like something I would have seen in the skies when I was growing up. Of course I was ruined by saturday morning cartoons showing anti-gravity and what-not.
      Once I saw a machine called a “Duplicator” while a toddler. Now I had seen a copier before–and that is what this was in fact. But there was this very large vat looking metal depression under the glass, which other copiers either did a better job hiding, or were not as deep.
      So stupid five-year-old me thought that a copier was for 2D paperwork and a Duplicator was for 3D objects. I thought I could bring my AMT Enterprise in, lift the glass, and get two of them.
      Only now are we close to that with 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing–AM).
      To my mind, the A-380 should have been flying 20 years ago. But progress goes more slowly than we would like.

      • Herp McDerp

        To my mind, the A-380 should have been flying 20 years ago.

        The Orion should have been flying 40 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    One can pretty much completely automate the milking process on dairy farms these days, yet Vermont’s dairy farms are still hotbeds of illegals.

  • Anonymous

    Biggest problem with this might be keeping soil and other contaminants out of the system – because IIRC, that’s actually a larger public health risk than having people relieve themselves in the crop fields,

  • djf

    If the US government had spent some money on research on improved farming equipment we could already have them, even a fraction of what it spends on robot mules and other Pentagon fantasies could have gotten it done.

    But that would have gone against the mass immigration policy of the leadership of both parties so they refused to do it. Any other research project will get money thrown at it but not robot farming, that research is mostly small scale manufacturers, individual university projects or garage based inventors

  • Rick

    SEIU will organize “actions” against the manufacture of such robots and work to shut down the factories. They need the gravy train of easily exploitable workers to keep their political activities funded. CA will make the deployment of such robots illegal, and police will be told to sandbag any investigations into organized sabotage against farm bots already deployed.