Dictionary of Agriculture Terms in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

Agricultural Robot Pest Controller - picking off the pests
An agricultural robot specifically designed to perform pest control activities.

Michael Crichton (1985)
Agricultural World
Planet set aside for the production of food for another world.

Isaac Asimov (1951)
Chlorella Plantation
A skyscraper designed for food production.

Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Conscious Farm Machines
Farm machinery that worked on their own.

Otfrid von Hanstein (1935)
Darknet Farm - augmented farm reality
A farm that uses computer networked information systems to achieve sustainable agriculture in a community.

Daniel Suarez (2010)
Electric Tractor
A farm cultivator that runs entirely on electricity.

Warner Van Lorne (1936)
Farming Trantor
Taking apart a vast city, and returning to farming the land.

Isaac Asimov (1953)
Fruit-Picking Machine
An humanoid machine for automatic fruit picking.

Otfrid von Hanstein (1935)
Genetic Ark - conserve the genome
Enormous, multi-habitat enclosed spaces, used to conserve the animal gene pool.

David Brin (1990)
Robot Farmer
A humanoid robot used for agriculture.

Philip K. Dick (1954)
Robot Gardener - gardening robot
An autonomous gardening robot, taking care of plants in parks or fields.

Philip K. Dick (1955)
A remarkable pesticide.

E.B. White (1950)

Related Science Fiction in the News

MK-V Smart Tractor - Fully Electric, Farmer Optional
'A small electric tractor was working at the far side, and a slight hum could be heard from where he sat.' - Warner Van Lorne, 1936
(re: Warner Van Lorne, 11/29/2022 )
Vertical Farm In Singapore's Output Is 1.5 Tons Per Day
'A towering eighty-story structure like the office "In-and-Out" baskets stacked up to the sky.' - Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.
(re: Pohl and Kornbluth, 12/17/2020 )
Mashambas Skyscraper Farm Design Wins
'...a towering eighty-story structure like the office In-and Out baskets stacked up to the sky.' - Poh and Kornbluth, 1952.
(re: Poh and Kornbluth, 7/15/2019 )
Self-Driving Tractors From China Plan Ahead
'Machines that seemingly with full consciousness walked out into the fields to do their daily work.' - Otfrid von Hanstein
(re: Otfrid von Hanstein, 7/13/2019 )
John Deere Self-Driving Tractor
'The huge plow... seemed to shake itself - and began to move back southward.' - Otfrid von Hanstein, 1935.
(re: Otfrid von Hanstein, 2/13/2019 )
SWEEPER Robot Peter Piper Picking Peppers
'... little machines, that went from plant to plant, apparently on caterpillar tracks, cutting off the ripe fruit.' Otfrid von Hanstein, 1935.
(re: Otfrid von Hanstein, 10/22/2018 )
Fully Automated Farm Iron Ox Hydroponics
'Had these machines in some incredible fashion been provided with brains?' - Otfrid von Hanstein, 1935
(re: Maria Moravski, 9/27/2018 )
Multi-Robot Farming On Highly Sloped Land
High Plains, indeed.
(re: Larry Niven , 1/8/2018 )
FarmBot, Your Personal Robotic Farmer
'A robot farmer was plowing...' - Philip K. Dick, 1954.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/13/2017 )
The Hands-Free Hectare
Life on the farm - is changing toward the robotic...
(re: Larry Niven, 12/5/2016 )
Once A Jolly Swagbot Camped By A Billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/24/2016 )
Rowbot Small Autonomous Farm Robot
'...The tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.' - Larry Niven, 1966.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/8/2016 )
Vertical Farms? Still Waiting, But Concepts Abound
'Stacked up to the sky...' - Pohl and Kornbluth, 1951.
(re: Pohl and Kornbluth, 5/25/2015 )
Ladybird Agricultural Robot Is Solar-Powered
'A robot gardener worked over the same patch of grass again and again...'- Philip K Dick, 1955.
(re: Philip K Dick, 6/28/2014 )
Vertical Farms Have Advantages
'Like the office In-and-Out baskets stacked up to the sky...'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.
(re: Pohl and Kornbluth, 6/11/2014 )
Lettuce-Bot Weed-Killing Robot Funded
A new alternative to labor-intensive farming techniques.
(re: Michael Crichton, 10/18/2012 )
Detroit's Urban Agriculture Ordinance
'The survivors tore up the metal plating and sold it... for seed and cattle.'-Isaac Asimov, 1951.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/7/2012 )
Prospero, Robotic Farmer
Fascinating new approach to the idea of mechanized agriculture.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/18/2011 )
Robotic Lettuce Farm Has Green Thumb
Automated farms take most of the back-breaking work out of growing lettuce.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/31/2011 )
Agrarian Detroit, Your Harvest Home
The Vegetable City? It doesn't quite have the same ring as 'The Motor City', but give it time.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 11/18/2010 )
Rice-Planting Robots Rescue Japanese Farmers
Rice-planting robots help out in the fields.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 11/3/2010 )
Vine Pruning Robots In New Zealand
'Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thy robot shalt prune thy vineyard.' (Note)
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/8/2010 )
Farmigo For Nascent Darknet Farms
How far away from sfnal darknet farms are we? Farmigo is building up the infrastructure.
(re: Daniel Suarez, 3/15/2010 )
Cauliflower-Picking Robot
Autonomous vegetable picking machines creeping through fields near you.
(re: , 3/11/2010 )
Autonomous Agricultural Robot
Is this robot outstanding in its field? You be the judge, but Fuji Industries says its the first of its kind.
(re: Michael Crichton, 12/14/2009 )
Farming Detroit Like Trantor
An agrarian Detroit may well be in the offing in the decline of the Big Three automakers.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 11/11/2009 )
Precision Agriculture: Robot Gardeners Serve Plant Network
Interesting project by MIT postdoc Nikolaus Correll runs up against a future that Herbert, Dick, Gibson and Crichton all thought about.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/13/2009 )
Farmer Exoskeleton Video
This video presents the robotic farmer suit; just the thing for those repetitive motions.
(re: Various, 1/20/2009 )
Farmer Loves Robot More Than Son
Just to prove to yourself that robot research comes from more places than fancy universities and spotless corporate research labs, take a look at what one Chinese farmer has accomplished.
(re: Various, 1/13/2009 )
Strawberry Picking Robot In Japan
Although I like going out and picking strawberries for an idyllic hour, tasting as I go, I don't think I'd want to do it for a living. Robot task? Yes. With video.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/25/2008 )
Wheat-Killing Fungus Destroys Entire Fields
This fungus that has destroyed entire wheat fields on two continents will hopefully not lead to the death of all grasses.
(re: John Christopher, 3/16/2008 )
HortiBot - Autonomous Weed 'n Feed AgBot
This robot has handy, yet deadly, attachments to fight our weed enemies.
(re: Michael Crichton, 7/6/2007 )
Terminator Seed Ban Proposed In Canada
When you buy some seeds, you own all of the plants descended from those seeds, right? Don't be so sure.
(re: Paolo Bacigalupi, 6/5/2007 )
Doomsday Vault Design Now Final
My only question, which no one seems to be asking, is 'Why don't the humans get a vault?'
(re: John Varley, 2/12/2007 )
Jardiland Real Radish Races Via Internet
Virtualized real-world pets, these radishes are real radicles.
(re: Various, 11/18/2006 )
Intelligent Scarecrow Robot Has A Brain
Emerald city technical wizards give a scarecrow a brain. Okay, Florida engineering students created a robot scarecrow.
(re: Various, 5/18/2006 )
AgBots: Agricultural Robots Take The Field
In one memorable scene from the original Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen is bargaining for agricultural robots with Jawas. Agriculture has been slow to adopt to robotic technology; however, some new developments are on the horizon.
(re: William Gibson, 7/6/2004 )






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