Self-Driving Tractors From China Plan Ahead

These self-driving tractors are set to revolutionize the very fields once tended by college professors and intellectuals during the 1960's, and earlier, forced collective labor during the Great Leap Forward in the 1950's.


(Self-driving tractors in China)

I love this illustration from early in the 20th century. Scientifiction writer Otfrid von Hanstein 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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