Harvest Automation is designing its robot for a very specific purpose: toting around potted plants as they grow. It’s one of two Massachusetts robotics companies planning to launch their first products later this year. Both companies have founders who came out of iRobot, the maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner and surveillance bots for the military. And both companies, no doubt, will stir up a new debate about the impact that automation has on lower-skilled workers.
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