5 Responses to Robotics cow milking – Lely Astronaut A4

  1. DJ Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    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 Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      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 Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

        *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 Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

          We’re making the same point!

  2. DJ Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

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