Soon in Japan: Robots, farming some pre-irradiated produce

Most of us probably remember last year’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake, and tsunami that struck our favorite geek-land also known as Japan. But the land of technology hasn’t spoken its last word. Even with all the pollution in the farming areas that were hit by the tidal wave, and where oil, salt and other pollutants including radiation were left, Japan wants to get back up and behind the driver’s seat of human serving technology. Companies like Fujitsu, Hitachi, Sharp, NEC and Panasonic are among the leaders of this massive project, which under the agricultural ministry’s supervision will work fields where pesticides will have been replaced by LEDs keeping rice, wheat, soybeans, fruit and vegetables safe until robots can put them in boxes.

A nice twist is that with the residual radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, all the food produced there could be pre-irradiated.

And they will do this with robotic tractors and other unmanned machines. This is all nice and refreshing, leave the atomic-bomb-carrying military drones to the Americans, and develop robots to actually SERVE mankind. Can a whole country receive a Nobel prize?

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