New autonomous farm wants to produce food without human workers

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Iron Ox isn’t like most robotics companies. Instead of trying to flog you its technology, it wants to sell you food.

As the firm’s co-founder Brandon Alexander puts it: “We are a farm and will always be a farm.”

But it’s no ordinary farm. For starters, the company’s 15 human employees share their workspace with robot workers who quietly go about the business of tending for rows and rows of leafy greens.

Today Iron Ox is opening its first production facility in San Carlos, near San Francisco. The 8000 square foot indoor hydroponic facility—which is attached to the the startup’s offices—will be producing leafy greens at a rate of roughly 26,000 a year. That’s the production level of a typical outdoor farm that might be five times bigger. The opening is the next big step towards fulfilling the company’s grand vision: to create a fully-autonomous farm where software and robotics fill the place of human agricultural workers—which are currently in short supply.


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