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Robotics cow milking – Lely Astronaut A4



The Lely Astronaut A4 milks cows in a completely automated manner, thus freeing humans to do something else, and probably does a better job than people do. Seriously. Robotics is coming to all sorts of industries.

Businessweek explains how the Lely Astronaut A4 works.

  • DJ

    Removing the human participation in milking (1) reduces the awareness of cows (or other ruminants) as sentient beings, (2) reduces the number of jobs available – is there currently a shortage of humans to “do something else”? – and (3) gives (heavily subsidized) megacorporations yet another advantage over small businesses, who can’t possibly afford robotics.

    Welcome to one possible future. My small, family-owned dairy and cheesemaking operation represents another. You choose which one becomes reality every time you choose what food to buy.

    • Bob Morris

      Their website said perkily that it allows people to do other things. At $210,000 each, it’s for large scale diary only but given that the cows get milked unattended means that far fewer farm hands are needed. There are also now tractor / combines that harvest crops unattended. My real point here is that robotics is coming soon in all sorts of ways to all manner of businesses.

      • DJ

        *My* point is that robotics represents the “other economy.” More robots means fewer corporate jobs. That means the rest of us have to create our own economy, or starve.

        • Bob Morris

          We’re making the same point!

  • DJ

    Here’s a video I made a couple of years back comparing the two approaches to dairying:


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