New autonomous farm won’t welcome humans

Oct 14, 2018, 11:37 AM EDT
(Source: Claire Benjamin/flickr)
(Source: Claire Benjamin/flickr)

Not that humans are put off for this new autonomous farm in San Carlos, near San Francisco, but the 8,000-square-feet indoor hydroponic facility begins its journey with an ambitious goal of running itself entirely with software and robotics and no human intervention.

The autonomous farm, developed by Iron Ox, runs on software named “The Brain,” which integrates different robots doing different tasks, creating a team to manage all farm operations with little human input, writes MIT Technology Review.

The company touts farm automation as an answer to workforce shortages in the agriculture industry while also outlining the facility’s promise in reducing the distances that fresh produce currently travel before reaching the consumers, notes CNBC.