Ethics of Future Farm Tech (Part 6 of 6)

Final Thoughts From self driving tractors, to pest eradication, to robots that are better than you are, we’ve covered a lot of things that were probably unsettling. It might be very tempting to just sit back on our haunches and think about how terrible all of this is and how it is ruining everything. However, …

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Ethics of Future Farm Tech (Part 5 of 6)

Future Farm Types In preparing for this blog, I interviewed two people I considered experts in agriculture. Professor of Agriculture at Parkland College, Jennifer Fridgen, and Rich Affeldt, senior agronomist at Central Oregon Seeds, Inc. During the interview, they both expressed some similar concerns. They both lamented that people don’t care about the life of …

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Ethics of Future Farm Tech (Part 4 of 6)

Better Than Human I remember when I realized I was going to need a formal education to keep up with technology in agriculture. I overheard my boss and a coworker discussing a robot that would pull weeds. Soon after it was purchased people around the office started discussing robots coming for their jobs. As for …

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Ethics of Future Farm Tech (Part 3 of 6)

Perfect Pest Prevention Imagine all your weeds and pests gone like this… Within the next few decades we may perfect the ability to remove pests from our fields. As mentioned in the first post, there are already companies developing robots that can identify and eliminate weeds. The directions these companies are taking ranges from selectively …

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Ethics of Future Farm Tech (Part 2 of 6):

The Self-Driving Farm In the opening pages of Robot Ethics 2.0, we’re presented with one of the most infamous ethical dilemmas, the Trolley Problem. In the trolley problem, you find yourself standing next a lever that controls the rails of a trolley. The trolley’s brakes are broken and it cannot stop. Your switch will let …

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