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IT automation is a big deal for today's enterprises. But automation also can be found at the dairy farm. A Swedish company is marketing a robotic milking system that eliminates the need for human milkers. Instead it uses a camera and a pair of lasers to guide a robot arm to the cow's teats. The arm then milks the cow. According to an Associated Press story, the robots have cut milking time of almost 500 cows at one farm from 25 hours to two.

But the robots don't come cheap. A single unit costs a quarter of a million dollars, and the cows must be trained to the new system. Sound familiar? --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]

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