As technology further envelopes our world, it can be easy to forget that sometimes you need to rely on the past just as much as the future. While we are finding solutions to solve our most challenging issues every day, it pays not to forget what got us here in the first place.
These innovations would not exist without the knowledge of the past, and while it is useful to embrace technology that will make our lives easier, it is at risk of losing the tradition of times gone by. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but becoming too reliant on tech can cause us to become complacent, and for some who are well set in their ways, it can be a struggle to adapt.
Harvesting crops are something that has long been a profession that allowed for outdoor exposure, lots of fresh air and sunshine (hopefully), but also comes fraught with long and exhausting days that can wreak havoc on your health.
With advancements in technology, the hard work has been mostly eliminated, and that seems to be becoming more and more of a reality, with robots replacing pickers in parts of the world such as India. However, it would not be for these previous methods that have allowed us to further innovate. The knowledge of what needs to be done allows you to programme the machines to complete the same tasks, just infinitely faster.
Formerly, if you wanted to analyze an area for potential farming, you would need to pour over every inch of space to ensure that the ground had the properties to allow crops to grow. While this meant getting a lot of important exercises, it also meant it took far too long, and sometimes it was not always beneficial.
However, technology such as drones and digital 3D mapping allows this to be completed much faster, and at less expense for your back and feet. Using aerial vehicles can scope out the majority of the area to help you determine whether you planting there will be worth it. This allows you to stay in the shade with your felted slippers so you can be comfortable while you let the machines do the work for you.
Once everything has been cultivated and harvested, the next step in any farmers procedure is to get those products packaged and out for commercial sales. Machine developments have allowed this to become an infinitely simpler task, yet there might still be issues when it comes to quality.
While the machines do all the wrapping and packing, there still needs to be an element of quality control. We have all been at the supermarket pouring over the most attractive items, searching for perfection. Sometimes, there are products that don’t look all that appetizing, and this could be from machines being unable to identify what looks most delicious. Retaining the human element to find which products look edible and are devoid of any unfortunate surprises is required when considering he best packaging process.
Technology permeates every industry that we know today. But just because it has made our lives easier does not mean that there is no place for the old traditions in these industries. As much as tech has evolved and become more than we had ever imagined, it still has its faults, and sometimes it is impossible to replicate the understanding of humanity.