Right now it is not a crime, BUT it should be.
Anyone in power to actually propose or advocate such ideas that are clearly, outright dangerous to our freedom and privacy rights should be treated as our worst enemy. Anyone who does that is clearly showing to be a dangerous inept several magnitudes worse than the worst terrorist. An enemy of the public that can only choose between exile or jail.
Yay freedom of speech?
Yeah, it basically conflates parts of the picking, sorting and packing process into a single job.
Though, it lacks one aspect of the old process, clearly visible there in your video. Old system allowed for quick and dirty picking during daytime, while sorting, packing and transport could be done as a separate process, 24/7. That automated picker dictates that all work must be done in daytime if one is aiming for optimum efficiency.
Cause nobody's gonna do any sorting at night in the field with all those insects rushing at the light and all that nectar in the air.
Nothing states that the machine in question can't just pick and dump into a collector. If there's no problems with it, a farmer could even pick at night, assuming said farmer can work out what that looks like from a navigation standpoint. Autonomous driving is an option, human monitored autonomous, or just throw a shedload of lights on the implement and let someone drive are all options for this.
Don't get me wrong, it's still evolutionary, but with a handful of changes (autonomy, a cab with lighting (and optionally climate control), or both), this could help a commercial strawberry farm produce significantly more fruit, assuming land is available and picking at night becomes a viable option.
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There are high initial costs and if you think that maintenance of robotic pickers will come cheap then you haven't been paying attention. But because there are now better jobs for unskilled workers out there due to which there is a lack of available workforce - that makes machines which cost around 100k a pop seem affordable.
And did you even look at what that picker does? It's turning fieldworkers into assembly line workers. Sitting and sorting and packing sunrise-to-sunset is a lot easier than hunching down all that time. BETTER JOBS. Not better paid jobs.
To be fair, sorting and packing strawberries is assembly line work already. YouTube has several examples of this. The fact is that strawberries require some judgement that the automation can't make yet. This moves that packaging from a dedicated building to on-site, which is an interesting idea.
This makes the machine being discussed here look like an evolution more than a revolution.
If you business model requires that you pay slave wages to your employees you need a new business model.
I also love when they say "Americans don't want to do this work", because they always leave off the "for the slave wages I'm willing to pay them".
And as we've seen over and over and over again, increasing the salary you pay to your workers has a negligible effect on the price of your goods that consumers pay.
When I was in high school I used to work on a farm over the summer, picking berries and other fruit. It was absolutely shitty work, but it paid more than McDonalds, which was also shitty work and at least I got to be outside. But to do that as an adult for minimum wage? Oh fuck no. You'd have to pay me upwards of $25 an hour + full health benefits + overtime + minimum 2 weeks vacation to do that kind of shit work. Offer a package like that and see how many American come running for that job they supposedly don't want to do.
And watch the price of that pound of strawberries rise accordingly. All agriculture competes on a world stage now, and competing with growers who pay much the same to their employees but said employees have a significantly lower cost of living is difficult at best. The global economy hasn't flattened out as many predicted it would. Reasons for this are probably many and varied.
I've read it many times. Still don't see it.
A 20% pay cut is severe, but only over the minimum wage difference. Someone pulling 5 mil is still unable to spend it quicker than it comes in. It just isn't piling on as quickly as it was at 6mil.
I can EASILY see someone spending 6M a year on stuff. The collector car market is particularly expensive as this one (admittedly extreme) example indicates.
She's going to merge the USA & Canada, keep the worst bits of both and the best bits of neither, then sell the resulting mess to Vanautu for a dollar.
Hawaii won't be part of the deal; she'll get that as her golden parachute.
IF this isn't +5 funny, please fix.
> All of a sudden, that piece of paper is so important because homosexuals are the ones with traditional views of marriage.
The marriage contract opens the doors to wide range of economic benefits. Denying those benefits is ultimately what's wrong.
Then perhaps the right path to that is to get the benefits divorced from what many believe to be a religious institution.
So when we're talking about net neutrality, taking a law from the 1930's and applying to today's technology is bad, but if we're talking about gun control doing the same thing with an 18th century amendment is somehow good? Pick one, conservatives.
Can you expand on this? I can't connect the dots.
In its glory days, Sun had on staff prominent people like Java founder James Gosling, Unix whiz Bill Joy, and XML co-inventor Tim Bray.
Java good, Unix good, XML DIAF!!!
It's my understanding that Java types love them some XML, so this post doesn't make a lot of sense to me...
Let's hope you don't find yourself forced to use an ultra-slow Internet connection: they removed the Load images by default checkbox a while ago now.
You have to screw around in about:config to get the same effect.
The thinking behind this: some nonsense about options being confusing.
Some would suggest that turning off images is a power user thing anyway... but I understand your point.
If they want a real test, try Orlando, Florida. I found it the most trying city to drive in of any I've ever lived in, thanks to the joyous combination of people visiting from Ohio that expect a mile clear ahead of them and people from New York who think 6 inches is enough of a gap for someone to cut them off.
"The vehicles travel slower, set routes."
IOW Asian cars.
Well, yaknow... at least they can negotiate a corner.