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Monday, November 4, 2019

The Technology Politics of Mechanizing Crops: Insights from California Agriculture, 1945-1985

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Patrick Baur, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley; Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

This is the age of agricultural robots. Media outlets from the Los Angeles Times to The New Yorker are publishing articles on new robotic advances. The contemporary fascination with robots, artificial intelligence, ‘big data’, and other Silicon-Valley-inspired technology is rooted in a long history of framing automation as natural and inevitable. For the past century, the...   More >