In episode 2 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of robotics expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic.
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In episode 2, Zach Bonefas from John Deere discusses why it is crucial for the agriculture industry to adopt robotics. The global population will reach 10 billion people by 2050 and this will require growing fifty percent more food than we are growing right now. Meanwhile, the number of farmable acres is decreasing and farm laborers are becoming more difficult to recruit due to the demands and location of the job.
John Deere is working on ways to solve this crucial issue by adding intelligence to their farming equipment, which will help to automate operations and keep remote acres in production. By connecting the machines to 4G LTE modems, John Deere is able to collect data on the machines they operate, upload the data to the cloud, and offer tools for customers to access the data. The data drives a lot of economic decisions, such as when to plant, what to plant, and what nutrients to apply to the fields.