The agricultural industry and specifically farming will be widely using integrated robotics in the not too distant future, according to Satwant Kaur, Ph.D., the self-proclaimed “First Lady of Emerging Technologies.”
Some have suggested that futuristic predictions are Kaur's forte because of her experience and education. She has won awards and accolades for accomplishments in technology.
Not only does Kaur see a huge decrease and almost end to human farm labor, her prediction also “implies an ability to control robots remotely—meaning very few humans will be needed to be present on a given farm at all.” Farming with autonomous robots will also mean faster farming: several robots will drive several tractors at once to plow the lands, till fields, plant seeds, spread fertilizers, and harvest crops, she noted, which today is being suggested by s few futurists in addition to Kaur.
“Sensors on board robots might even analyze soil conditions to determine the optimal type and amount of fertilizer to administer, likely increasing crop production. Other sensors might monitor the fuel state and operating condition of the tractor and its attached implements and send read-outs to the farm’s central monitoring station, allowing for alerts and preventative maintenance to avoid costly and time consuming repairs,” Kaur is noted as predicting. Some of this is in the early stages of what will eventually be even more sophisticated.
Kaur cautions that there will, of course, be some challenges in using autonomous robots for farming. These include the actual building and training of the robots as well as making them adaptable to weather changes and extreme temperatures. Additionally, there would be challenges in terrain mapping and recognition as well as any navigational uncertainties and the logistics of course correction. These may seem like many challenges; however, much of technology we use on a daily basis seemed impossible twenty or even ten years ago, and, as always, Kaur reminds us that radical changes may be nearer than we might think.
Kaur’s version of the future can often seem like science fiction, according to those familiar with her predictions outside of agriculture. Humanity has made great technological strides, and will surely continue to do so; Kaur knows ag advances are already affecting how crops are grown, and advances are coming fast and furious.
Kaur background is the basis for her predictive abilities. She is the inventor of CA Technology's Event Correlation Engine, Intel's Reduced Interoperability Technologies, and numerous inventions at HP in Health and Life Sciences. She holds a Bachelors of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. She has an MS in engineering and computer science from Oakland University in Oakland, Mich. She also has a Ph.D. in enhanced internet protocols for efficient mobile communication from Oakland University.
Kaur is quick to expresses her own personal views and opinions and is an author. Information is available at www.satwantkaur.com.