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dlr5288
dlr5288
5/31/2017 4:41:42 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
It's super impressive that we already have robots that can do all that! It'll be interesting to see how advanced these robots become in the future!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/10/2017 1:24:13 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
There are already robots that can do some weeding.. but picking bugs? I think that might be a bit too laborious for even robots! Insects outnumber almost all life but single celled organisms.. so that would be a tall order to get robots to identify and pluck out only the "bad" insects, I think. (Or at least, prohibitively energy intensive to do so.)

Bill Gate's solution to the automation problem (ultra-production but mass unemployment) is to tax robots and set up some kind of fund for the unemployed for a basic income or for skills training?

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/9/2017 2:58:24 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
Robots can also (eventually) hand pick just the harmful bugs, water just the plants that need it right at the base, cover individual plants against freezing, chase off rodents and deer -- and do that 24/7 without needing a break. Peasants 3.0 for a fraction of the cost of real peasants. And we can fill the markets with great food that no one will be able to buy since they won't have jobs.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/9/2017 1:49:13 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
> ".. agriculture; once you've got sensors, networks, bots, and stations that can take the place of peasants, food production can be so amazingly productive.."

The world of robots is getting a bit closer to being able to pick fruits and vegetables with the same gentle care as human hands.. but we're not there yet. Maybe we'll get a boost of "necessity" when we face a real labor shortage for farm work? 

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604303/apple-picking-robot-prepares-to-compete-for-farm-jobs/

Robots can pick apples, and we'll see if these robots displace human workers.... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/8/2017 2:50:08 PM
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Re: Healthcare neglected?
That's a realliy good point, as I recently saw a device that claimed to monitor the movements of senior citizens in their own homes to allow them to live "independently" while still being monitored for possible health issues. The example case study presented a break in a wake-up morning routine that could be automatically identified by algorithms that might lead to early detection of sleep disorders or depression.... 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/8/2017 12:03:26 PM
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Re: Healthcare neglected?
As I reflected upon this, one thing I wanted to throw out there (as I voted for Smart Homes) was to factor in the growth of home healthcare--we have to do things different to counter the rising cost of healthcare--As our homes becomes smarter, it seems to me that we are able to ensure that we can afford a sense of dignity to all so that...just some "Food 4 thought" for all.  

Onward to the new week!!

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/8/2017 11:06:48 AM
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Healthcare neglected?
I'm surprised that the healthcare market isn't getting more love in this poll. I suppose the regulations that govern medical devices will slow down the development of any IoT healthcare, but it still seems like a huge potential market. 

The poll does restrict our predictions to the next 5 years.. and medical devices take much longer than that to get to market.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/30/2017 11:53:31 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
freehe,

Yes, that's absolutely another advantage; we need more GMOs, and this can help achieve that.

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freehe
freehe
4/30/2017 6:32:15 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
@JohnBarnes, That is a good point, didn't think about how it could benefit agriculture. But on the other side it may help companies generate more GMF (genetically modified food) at a faster rate.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
4/30/2017 2:56:24 PM
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Re: On a Brief Prowl....
I did too, mostly because of what you said. Has the most room to grow in my opinion.

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