The grape-picking robot represents just one of the latest examples of how the human race is gradually (for the time being) moving toward full unemployment. Yes, it's French and yes, of course it's named after WALL-E.
From the Daily Mail:
Obviously this means we'll cut the jobs for vineyard pruners, but we're creating jobs for someone who has gone to school and who will build, maintain and improve the robots,' was Julien's response.
There's much more worth checking out:
The Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot, brainchild of Burgundy-based inventor Christophe Millot, is one of the robots being developed around the world aimed at vineyards struggling to find the labour they need.
It takes on chores such as pruning and de-suckering - removing unproductive young shoots - while collecting valuable data on the health and vigour of the soil, fruit and vine stocks.
(via Marginal Revolution)