Robot synergy: A marriage of engineering and biology

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The Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department of the University of Illinious is pioneering agricultural robotics by integrating concepts from biology and engineering. The mechanism behind intelligence evolution might be realized as intelligence replication, where virgin robots with blank brains are educated using the combined 'wisdom of weeding' of two or more successful parents. The viability of automation technology in agriculture can be demonstrated by building the Autonomous Acre, and the project goal is to grow a crop without human intervention. The concept could be achieved by builiding a bio-based living arrangement where the farming operations are automated and integrated with the living spaces, waste management and energy generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9
Number of pages1
JournalResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering


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