It is fair to say that as technology improves so do the technological products and services that companies offer. As these products become “better” they are able to do “better” things for us. In fact, some of these products are so good they are able to do a whole task for us. Take for example, self-driving cars. Who thought we would ever get tired of sitting down pushing a pedal with our foot and maneuvering the car left or right. As you can see it is too much work for humans to handle, so why not make vehicles drive themselves? Not only has Uber and Lyft gone a long way to make this possible, agriculture companies have also decided that they too needed some autonomous equipment that could replace if not improve and quicken their harvesting.
Autonomous tractors are the first “robot” that can potentially do field/labor work for 24 hours with at maximum of two people keeping eye on it. In fact, experts already believe that these tractors can “be replaced with self-propelled autonomous implements, such as sprayers in row crops, orchards and vineyards or with other robotic equipment for other specific tasks on the farm”. Unfortunately this means more people will lose their jobs. Kraig Schulz, co-founder and CEO of Autonomous Tractor Corporation believes that these self-driving tractors will be beneficial to California agricultural companies due to the rising labor costs. Also, as time passes the self-driving technologies needed to produce self-driving cars is falling, meaning that they can potentially create autonomous tractors and sell them at an affordable price.
It is great that we are able to upgrade and create technology that is able to improve, quicken, and efficiently finish tasks that humans otherwise would take longer to finish. Autonomous tractors will indefinitely produce more crops and maintain fields better than a human could. Over all, a autonomous tractor will be able to make less mistakes than a human; thus producing more food and efficient field work. However, this means that a person who is currently working in agriculture can lose their job.
My dad drives a tractor, and although this may make me biased, I will try not to be. I believe that no matter if everyone lost their jobs, autonomous vehicles and other technologies will keep moving forward. I believe that as more technology is created that can do our hard labor means that we slowly putting everyone at a higher stool. It means that humans were meant for something more than just cheap labor.
However, autonomous vehicles also have their cons. Of course it is awesome that they are able to do more work, but what about the implications that they can have. How safe are they? What happens when it goes off the road? How autonomous are they really? These are all questions that can be answered as soon as a autonomous vehicle is tested and tried out by a company. We can only no so much by creating it. The true learning comes from the mistakes that it can potentially make.
Overall, autonomous tractor seems like a great idea the will most definitely begin doing great work.