Agriculture is one of the oldest economic activities on Earth, but robot technology may shake it up sooner than you think.
Employing robots is costly, but prices are falling to become increasingly competitive with human labor, Lux Research said on Wednesday. The emerging technologies research firm said robots could increasingly be used to perform tasks like pruning grapevines, fruit picking, cultivating lettuce and moving potted plants around greenhouses.
"Currently robots often aren't affordable — cost remains the most significant barrier to adoption," Lux Research analyst, Sara Olson, said.
"However, the costs of many systems are coming down, while wages rise due to labor shortages in some areas, and the benefits robots bring in the form of increased accuracy and precision will start to pay off in coming years," she added.