AI-Powered Weed-Zapping Robots Attempt to Reduce Pesticides

Advancements in agriculture have led to increased productivity, but plants face challenges due to climate change, soil degradation, and genetic uniformity. Pesticide use contributes to environmental concerns, prompting research into more precise application methods. In Norway, researchers have developed a robot powered by AI to identify and target weeds with minimal pesticide usage, enhancing crop growth while reducing environmental impact.

Unlike previous methods like lasers, which may leave roots intact, this robot delivers a precise drop of pesticide, minimizing collateral damage. The reduction of pesticide use addresses environmental challenges such as harm to beneficial insects and the development of resistant pest species, promoting biodiversity and healthier ecosystems. While sustainable agriculture remains the ultimate goal, tools like AI-powered robots offer practical solutions to mitigate pesticide use in the interim.