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Forget Pesticides, Farmers Can Shoot Bad Bugs With Lasers…

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Farming on an industrial scale means dealing with pests that ravage crops also needs an industrial-size solution. Until now, that has meant relying on pesticides. But the problem with pesticides is they kill just about everything and that’s not a great situation to be in, especially where bees are concerned.

We need a more intelligent solution for killing flying pests, and according to Wired, the Photonic Fence could be it.

 

Former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold set up the company Intellectual Ventures and came up with the Photonic Fence (PF) idea back in 2010. It’s basically an intelligent laser zapper for killing bugs. The intelligent bit is PF’s ability to tell the difference between individual bugs and deciding which ones to shoot down based on a kill list.

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