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Apple Robots - But Not What You Think

In the state of Washington, the robots are coming - to help pick apples. According to this AP story, the majority of the current apple picking workers are illegal aliens, and because our government has now decided to pay attention to the "illegal" part, there is a growing shortage of human pickers. 
 
Apparently, Americans don't like to pick apples, which is undoubtedly hard physical work.

"Human pickers are getting scarce," said Gad Kober, a co-founder of Israel-based FFRobotics. "Young people do not want to work in farms, and elderly pickers are slowly retiring."

Two companies, FFRobotics and Abundant Robotics, of Hayward, California, are moving to get their robot pickers into the orchards as soon as possible.
 
 

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