The cultivation and production of food enabled people to develop from tribes of hunters / gatherers in order to be able to develop settlements and cities. Planting, growing, harvesting and preparing food is the basis of our modern civilizations. Now our skills to do all of these tasks are so advanced that many of these steps can be performed by robots and machines. What does the future of robotics look like if it overlaps with food production? We take a look at the three main areas in which robots interact with the process: during the agriculture phase, during the processing phase, and during the cooking and serving phase.
When it comes to farming and growing our plants, farmers have been able to use more and more autonomous machines thanks to the enormous advances in hardware and software technologies. Companies like John Deere have developed tractors that operate without human intervention and use GPS, camera technology and countless sensors to care for the individual plants in their field, from planting to fertilization to harvest. This enables farmers to do more with less labor.
The use of machines and automated robots is nothing new in food processing. Many of us have seen pictures of all types of food businesses, in which different machines process and pack everything from fruit to cake. Thanks to technological breakthroughs, autonomous machines were able to go beyond simple packaging and individually process complex objects such as removing bones from fish fillets with various sensors and cameras and then removing the bones with a water jet spray.
But what about cooking and serving food? Humans still play the biggest role in the preparation and serving of food. Cooking requires a lot of nuances, skill, and learning, and while robots aren̵
The idea is not to replace human labor, but to make the process more efficient and cost-effective. By working with us at every step of the process, robots and automated machines can make food cheaper, healthier, and more accessible to everyone.