In Brief

New York City Hall is testing a robotic lawn mower that is able to self steer and charge its own battery. Having the potential to relieve union workers of their current responsibilities, it could be a new page in the human-machine relationship.

In a step towards a more efficiently groomed lawn, the New York City Hall is testing a Husqvarna robot lawn mower. It appears to be a step up the evolutionary ladder from the Roomba vacuum cleaner, and is intelligent enough to recharge its own battery.

Asimovian concerns surrounding the human-machine relationship arise as the device could relieve current union workers of their landscaping duties. If successful the Automower 230 ACX has the city’s thousands of acres of park lands and ballparks on its horizon.

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