Machine masters

Our machine masters are moving into farming — the high cost of feeding us.

In the new section of the vegetable factory, human workers will still handle the original planting of seeds in plots of soil stacked on shelves. From that point on, though, the rest of the farming will be done by robots. The machines will take care of transplanting, watering, trimming, and harvesting the plants, which will be grown without the use of pesticides.

Automated systems will also control the temperature, as well as the humidity, light, and CO2 levels, of the growing area. Spread is aiming to have growing underway at the robot-operated farm by the middle of next year, with the goal of harvesting 500,000 heads of lettuce a day five years after that.