Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2018. Pictured: The unveiling of Small Robot Company's Harry, the world’s first digital drilling prototype, by Belinda Clarke (Director of Agri-Tech East) and Sam Watson Jones (co-founder of Small Robot Company). Picture: Agri-Tech East. Agri-Tech East The world’s first robotic seed drill prototype for cereal crops was unveiled at the 2018 Agri-Tech Week conference – just 12 months after its makers pitched their concept at last year’s event. “Harry” is a spider-shaped smart robot, which works as a driverless drill which accurately plants seeds at a uniform depth, with minimal soil disturbance. It records exactly where it has placed individual seeds, and feeds this data back to an artificial intelligence platform, called Wilma.The machine is one of a team of three precision-engineered smart robots being developed by the Small Robot Company.“Tom”, already being trialled on farms, monitors every single … [Read more...] about ‘World-first’ farming robot takes centre stage at Agri-Tech Week
Modern farming technologies and data systems are being explored during Agri-Tech Week 2018. Image by Drone AG, one of the exhibitors at the REAP conference. Drone AG From fleets of agribots to smart tractors and survey drones, the pace of agricultural innovation is quickening – but farmers should be wary of becoming overwhelmed with information in this data-driven world. Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2018. Pictured: Prof Gerard Parr, head of the School of Computing Sciences at the UEA. Picture: Chris Hill.These were among the messages from the REAP (Realising our economic and agricultural potential) Conference in Cambridge, the centrepiece event of Agri-Tech Week 2018.The annual showcase run by Agri-Tech East brought farmers and growers together with scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors.While experts discussed emerging technologies, the conference hall was surrounded by exhibitors with new products including remote crop sensors, aerial survey equipment, data … [Read more...] about Agri-Tech Week 2018: Are modern farmers becoming overwhelmed with data?
Wymondham company Netmatters are flying a 20-foot blimp from their building to help publicise a new training scheme. Pictured are (L) business consultant Faizel Desai and managing director James Gulliver. Picture: Ian Burt Archant 2018 The Norfolk IT company behind an industry training scheme for software developers has been buoyed by early successes in the programme. Digital agency Netmatters, which has offices in Wymondham and Gorleston, set up the Scion Coalition Scheme as a way to address the skills gap in IT and software development after struggling to recruit talented staff in Norfolk.A new cohort of five aspiring developers has recently signed up to take part in the scheme, which has business supporters including Naked Element in Norwich, engineering firm Warren Services in Thetford, and industry group Tech East.The company believes it is one of few in the UK to offer such a training course.Alex Chenery-Howes, digital marketing executive at Netmatters, said 15 … [Read more...] about Tech company’s call to budding talent looking for step into career
By Jordan Blum Updated 4:54 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Photo: Eddie Seal Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Weatherford International's $1.9 billion loss led to the oil services provider's shares diving 12 percent on Monday after tumbling 14 percent on Friday. Weatherford International's $1.9 billion loss led to the oil services provider's shares diving 12 percent on Monday after tumbling 14 percent on Friday. Photo: Eddie Seal Weatherford finally sells its Middle East land rig business 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Financially struggling oilfield services firm Weatherford International finally has found a buyer to acquire its Middle East onshore drilling rig business for $287.5 million as part of its long-term divestiture plans. Weatherford, which is based largely out of Houston, has aimed to sell the … [Read more...] about Weatherford finally sells its Middle East land rig business
By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards | PUBLISHED: July 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm | UPDATED: July 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is a disaster for the technology industry and the users of tech products. The DC Circuit Court judge’s positions on such critical issues as net neutrality, privacy, executive power and immigration are serious threats that could set back the tech world for decades. It’s another reminder of the importance of elections as the November midterms and the 2020 presidential race unfold. Kavanaugh’s judicial record is an open book. His position on the rights of internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon would likely give those companies the ability to change the internet as we know it. If Kavanaugh has his way, the Internet Service Providers would be able to control the internet much like they control the cable television industry. Say goodbye … [Read more...] about Editorial: Why Kavanaugh is a disaster for tech industry and its users