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Following the Sun

Touch the Soil News #1070 (Feature photo – Plants in Window – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication) Plants need sun. Now there is a robot, on top of which you can grow a plant. The robot then moves around the house to wherever there is sun for the plant. One wonders if the robot could accommodate a tomato plant? The cost of the spider-like robot is only $949. The robot is equipped with infrared sensors and a 71op camera with night vision. You can read the full story here: https://www.curbed.com/2018/7/13/17569350/sun-chasing-robot-plant-vincross Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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ANYmal – Almost Unbelievable

Positive Future #175 (Feature photo – ANYmal – courtesy of ANYbotics) ANYmal stands for any animal – a robot with four legs that can negotiate terrain in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. The goal is to create a robot that can work not just in controlled factory environments, but anywhere. The ANYmal has mobility, can interact with humans and work autonomously. Manufactured by ANYbotics, the company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. What do you think about this kind of technology and its applications?

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More Robotics in the Food Chain

Touch the Soil News #956 (Feature photo – Caliburger – CCA SA 4.0 International) An interesting hamburger chain – Caliburger – has only 9 restaurant locations in the U.S. However, it has restaurants in Canada, Mexico, China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates. Caliburger is the first restaurant to employ a hamburger flipping robot called “Flippy”. The company also has developed a computer operating system that allows an entire restaurant to be controlled from a tablet. You can learn more about the company at: https://caliburger.com/ At the heart of the discussion about robotics is whether or not it eliminates jobs – consumer purchasing…

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The Robots Are Coming

Touch the Soil News #864 (Feature photo – 1932 Robot – Bundesarchive, Bild 102-13018 / CC-BY-SA 3.0) While robotics has definite applications in our world, it is a mixed economic bag. The basic economic message for people is that you MUST translate your labor into dollars first and then (and only then) do you have purchasing power to sustain yourself. There has been no study done to prove that the employees needed to build robots are equal to the number of employees who lose jobs to robots. Those studies may well become the focal point of political issues in the near future. Until then, investors with an interest to eliminate…

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