What can the Virtual Learn from the Physical…

What can the Virtual Learn from the Physical…

Many thanks to Carla Brown for the invite to the Australian Centre for Field Robotics for the Enlift team this week.

Robots which swim, fly, crawl and roll in order to autonomously mine, farm, survey and drive. Research that’s solving some real problems and having positive impacts far broader and deeper than just the obvious but that still face some of the same obstacles to adoption that we experience when automating in the corporate world.

Trust is still the key challenge faced when implementing autonomous systems; be that in using machine learning to better manage assets and resources in a business or trusting a driverless vehicle to pilot it’s passengers safely.  One thing that the majority of experienced practitioners accept is that whilst thorough testing is a must deriving an exhaustive set of tests that will cover every eventuality is very hard to achieve; there will always be a scenario that hasn’t been considered or a set of circumstances that no one can reasonably predict.  

At Enlift we believe the key is find the right checks and balances to put around an automated process and controlling it’s deployment to production.  Rather than trying to predict all the “unknown unknowns” ensure that when the unexpected happens that your automated agent handles the scenario in a controlled and graceful manner…

Keep an eye out for Digital Farmhand you can see doing it’s thing below on the ABC Catalyst show “The Farmer Needs a Robot” Tue 6th Feb @ 8:30pm on ABC