Fully Automated Farm Iron Ox Hydroponics

Iron Ox claims to have the first fully automated farm. The San Carlos, CA company believes it can achieve 30 times the yield per acre of land of a dirt farm, while at the same time using ninety percent less water.


(Automated hydroponic farm from Iron Ox)

About eighty years ago, writer Otfrid von Hanstein was dreaming of the same thing; he wrote about the idea of farms with machines capable of running themselves in his 1935 story The Hidden Colony:


(Conscious autonomous farm robot)

Machines that seemingly with full consciousness walked out into the fields to do their daily work. And even now there was no living being among them save myself... Had these machines in some incredible fashion been provided with brains?
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