Farmers worldwide are using new precision-farming technologies to address agricultural issues, ranging from autonomous harvesting robots to crop-spraying drones to artificial intelligence.
For example, Irish company Moocall makes a smartphone-linked sensor that fits to the tail of a pregnant cow, which sends texts to the farmer when calving is imminent.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)'s Girish Chowdhary believes largely autonomous farms are close to reality, and UIUC's Distributed Autonomous Systems Laboratory is testing many emerging technologies, including crop-monitoring robots.
Chowdhary envisions farms using different kinds of robots, with an autonomous system coordinating their various operations.
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