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Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

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They function as normal hives, but apiaries built at a kibbutz in Israel's Galilee are decked out with artificial intelligence systems set to ensure longevity for these vital pollinators.

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Artificial intelligence-equipped apiaries at Kibbutz Beit Haemek in Israel's Galilee region are designed to maintain bee health. Beekeeper Shlomki Frankin said the Beewise startup's Beehome project sustains up to 24 hives using a multipurpose robot designed to keep the colonies viable.

"The robot is equipped with sensors that allow it to know what is happening in the hive frames," said Beewise's Netaly Harari.

"Thanks to artificial intelligence, our software knows what the bees need."

The robots can automatically distribute sugar, water, and medication, while an application alerts beekeepers to problems.

Harari said the solar-powered hives have adjustable temperatures, remove pests, and can extract honey via an integrated centrifuge.

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