Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the salad of the future will be produced almost entirely autonomously, with the main bit of human input in the salad growing process being having someone to pay the electricity bill once a quarter.
That's because Spread believes it'll soon be throwing out 30,000 heads of lettuce per day from its newest Vegetable Factory, and it's got the system down so well that even the harvesting can be carried out by an algorithm attached to a pair of secateurs.
Spread says its machines will plant, water and trim the lettuce on its behalf, with spokesman J.J. Price saying: "The use of machines and technology has been improving agriculture in this way throughout human history. With the introduction of plant factories and their controlled environment, we are now able to provide the ideal environment for the crops."
LED lighting and crops growing on tightly packed industrial shelving units are the key to this level of automation, with the company's upgraded indoor vertical farming system going live in 2017. [Tech Insider via Ubergizmo]