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(CNN)   Satellite-driven tractors come to rescue of farmers   ( divider line
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4598 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Jul 2003 at 1:31 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-07-18 09:32:21 PM  
Robots in my pants and tractors driven by Satellite...what is the world coming to!
2003-07-19 01:36:32 AM  
2003-07-19 01:36:59 AM  
we're rescued!
finally. thank god.
2003-07-19 01:37:46 AM  
DrDNS: you don't have an implant yet,do you? what are your coordinates?
2003-07-19 01:38:10 AM  
These guys cut a "corn maze" every year with a gps guided tractor.

/good times...and it pays more than farming the land!
2003-07-19 01:38:51 AM  
Hmm.... why do I envision would-be hackers turning Farmer Brown's corn field into a giant pac-man game?
2003-07-19 01:48:13 AM  
I fail to see why SkyNet would need to facilitate the use of tractors.
2003-07-19 01:48:17 AM  
Jeez, what could possibly, POSSIBLY go wrong with this?
2003-07-19 01:55:05 AM  
Cool... can I hook it up to my Etch-a-Sketch and make crop circles?
2003-07-19 01:59:28 AM  

Beware of the self aware autos. Don't want to be pumping gas for the rest of your life.

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2003-07-19 02:10:45 AM  
Wow. I only thought I was bored. But now, after reading this very interesting article, I can say without any hesitation that I am, in fact, bored. Thanks for the confirmation.
2003-07-19 02:11:25 AM  
Ah, the humble beginnings of SkyNet.
2003-07-19 02:13:53 AM  
Want to know an even etter way to battle salinity? Stop using salt fertilizers.
2003-07-19 02:18:21 AM  
A GPS guided Trogdor... Now *that* would be something I'd pay a buck to see!
2003-07-19 02:26:11 AM  
*yawn* This article would be news about 5 years ago, when it was new technology.

The REAL tech of farming now involves GIS, GPS, site-specific application, and RFID tags for field-to-shelf tracking, cost cutting, and environment saving.

/ag tech geek
2003-07-19 02:26:40 AM  
This has been around for years! in fact, they've even developed a tractor that can 'sniff' melons to see when they are ready. There's an article on it in some scientific american.
2003-07-19 02:33:21 AM  
Far too l33t to read the article, I'll wait for teh Stephen King movie...
2003-07-19 02:51:45 AM  
man do I need a flame war
2003-07-19 03:10:47 AM  
hehehe.. tractors with brains. what'll they think of next??
2003-07-19 03:10:54 AM  
The REAL tech of farming now involves GIS

What does googling for images have to do with farming?

GIS for "farming tech":

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2003-07-19 03:43:08 AM  
Ironically, the farmer then gets trapped under said tractor when it falls over.
2003-07-19 03:59:24 AM  
and its a flame war about farming equiptment... intresting.
2003-07-19 04:18:48 AM  
This is the real reason for GIS-enabled tractors:

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2003-07-19 04:45:46 AM  
hehe, my missus works for the company that sells these systems

just thought id share
2003-07-19 04:50:28 AM  
Hey, I'm sick and has been rapidly getting sicker but you don't hear me whining about awkward sentences.
2003-07-19 04:55:58 AM  
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I shiat you not, i've met this guy. I had some mates working at that company.
2003-07-19 05:48:41 AM  
It's good to know that Austrailia will bring more to the table than natural resources when the U.S. assimilates it.

/Flame on
2003-07-19 07:13:42 AM  
"U.S.-based farm equipment leader Deere & Co also followed an early Australian lead to develop an integrated tractor guidance system based on global positioning system (GPS) satellite technology, accurate to centimeters."

Accurate to centimeters? Pleeeeease..... You need extra radio beacons to get centimeter precision, at least with civilian equipment due to the signal disturbance.

Well have to wait another three years until the European Galileo system comes operational and then well centimeter precision...
2003-07-19 08:51:05 AM  
Just wait until the Amish get ahold of this technology.....
2003-07-19 10:05:04 AM  
Amish GPS - a map and a compass.
2003-07-19 12:33:37 PM  
I need a car that can drive itself home.
2003-07-19 03:05:12 PM  
even with signal disturbance, you can b accurate to a few meters with the WAAS satellites that are used for air traffic control. a lot of new gps devises can recieve from the 2 existing waas satellites, which are over the east and west coasts

and a few meter is a matter of centimeters, just a whole lot on 'em
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