Prospects of the Social Agricultural Robot Creation
Proceedings of the IV International research conference "Information technologies in Science, Management, Social sphere and Medicine" (ITSMSSM 2017)
Attempts of the society to facilitate human work and life led to the creation of robots. Unfortunately, there are no existing social agricultural robots yet. If we combine the functions of agricultural robots used on a private plot of land or a vegetable garden and the functions of social robots realized in interaction with humans into a social agricultural robot, we can get some kind of hybrid, i.e. robot-companion and assistant, used for personal purposes. This robot is another unofficial
... ther unofficial member of the rural household. Authors believe that a social agricultural robot is a technical tool, a machine capable of social interaction with a person and performing horticultural, livestock, meliorative, and service types of work. It will be able to implement the function of performing agricultural operations and a communicative one. To create it, a high level of technology development will be required: computer vision, understanding of speech, sensory networks, bionic systems, navigation systems, power supplies. A sociological survey conducted showed that Russian rural population see social agricultural robots as helpers on a plot of land, in the garden and in the house. The result obtained is interesting because it allows us to talk about further modifications of social agricultural robots. At present, the creation of such robots would make work and life of the rural population easier and safer and solve some problems of preserving the ecology. Social agricultural robots could work with pesticides which are harmful to human health; implement technologies of point agriculture and resource saving; provide employment for people with disabilities in agricultural activities; increase the mobility of the rural population through the use of remote management; participate in the organization of leisure and self-education of people.