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Firing Humans, Hiring Machines: Jobs Cut As Global Robotics Market Surges - Justmeans

Firing Humans, Hiring Machines: Jobs Cut As Global Robotics Market Surges - Justmeans

"Having billions of dollars of crops...impacted by chronic labor issues has clearly become unsustainable." Charles Grinnell, CEO, Harvest Automation [1] In the 2004 sci-fi action film I, Robot , Will Smith asks a robot, "Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?" Robots may not be able to do what Mozart and Picasso are famous for, but they can perform menial and repetitive tasks, like handling containers in greenhouses, which is exactly what Charles Grinnell intends to have his robot do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. His company, the Massachusetts-based Harvest Automation, develops robots for automating agricultural jobs. They recently took in $2.5 million in a debt and warrants offering, following two venture capital rounds over the past two years that raised USD 5.3 million.[2][3] In a statement released on August 5, the compan...

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