Agricultural Robots

Joseph Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Franklin Robotics based in United States participates in Risk Roundup to discuss Agricultural Robots.


Since technology helps us solve the complex challenges facing humanity, and has become the most important driver for change, no nation or its industries can imagine survival, success or sustainability without integrating technology to change the way they do things. Agriculture industry is no exception!

From robots to drones and internet of things, technology seems to be fundamentally changing the agriculture industry. As technology tries to change the way we do things and solve the complex challenges facing the agriculture industry, it is important to understand and evaluate:

  • Where will this technology transformation take nations?
  • Which existing and emerging technologies will drive the agriculture industry transformation?
  • How will artificial intelligence based robots revolutionize the agricultural industry and change the way farming is done across nations?
  • How will technology bring data and automation to traditional tasks of farming supply chain, making farming more productive and profitable using agricultural robots?

Agricultural Robots

Science and technology will need to play an increasingly important role in meeting agriculture industry needs. To meet the growing requirement, many technology organizations are actively working to develop technology solutions and robotic applications for the agriculture industry. It is important to evaluate what robots are being developed and where will they be used. It is also important to evaluate:

  • How can technology solve the complex challenges facing agriculture industry?
  • Which technologies seem promising for the complex challenges facing the agriculture industry?
  • How will robotic technology enter different aspects of agriculture?
  • What role will robotics play in meeting the complex technological challenges facing the agricultural industry?
  • How many different robots are there currently in agriculture?
  • What function does artificial intelligence based robots perform currently in agriculture?
  • What are the major applications for agricultural robots and what are their respective growth profiles?
  • What are the global market trends for agricultural robots?
  • How will robots change the way farming is done and transform its value chain?
  • How will robotics become the future of agriculture and how it will modify the way we design agricultural machinery?
  • Where would the immediate impact be?
  • What role will internet of things play in agriculture automation?
  • What role will drone play in the farming ecosystem?
  • How can technology help increase the productivity of complex, low–yielding farming systems?
  • How can we develop technologies, policies and institutions that contribute to unleashing agriculture’s full potential as an engine of growth?
  • How deeply has technology penetrated the agricultural system?
  • What are the technology challenges associated with agricultural robots?
  • What ethical issues arise for us as we interact with robots?
  • What should common man be concerned about when it comes to technology transformation?
  • Would it be difficult for nations to balance risk versus rewards?

As we evaluate this, it seems that the full automaton of farms is just decades—if not years—away from reality.


In the coming years, the biggest challenge facing the world is likely going to be, to produce enough food to feed the growing world population. However, the reality of the agriculture system today is that across many nations, the farming system is complex, inefficient, low-yielding, fragile and highly heterogeneous.  Amidst the poor performance and productivity, the agriculture robots bring a promise of great potential to manage the complex challenges facing the industry.

While the ability to create autonomous intelligent robots with perception, cognition, and action, that are affordable, accessible, effective and could manage the complex challenges facing agriculture industry is real, clear and near, it is important to evaluate the complex challenges that comes with industry automation.

Time is now to talk about Agricultural Robots and its associated risks!

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About the Guest

Joseph Jones is Co-founder/CTO of Franklin Robotics.  His primary interest is the practical application of robotic technology to real-world problems.  Previous experiences include cofounding Harvest Automation, proposing and developing iRobot’s Roomba, and serving on the research staff at the MIT AI Lab. A graduate of MIT he holds 60+ patents.

About Franklin Robotics

Founded in 2015, Franklin Robotics, Inc. is located north of Boston, Massachusetts. Franklin’s imperative is to exploit rapidly developing, low-cost robotic technology to accomplish tasks not previously automated. The principals of Franklin Robotics bring decades of experience to this challenge. A focus of the company is the creation of technology appropriate to home gardens, agriculture, and other outdoor applications.

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