Green Technology and Human Error: Automation and Cutting Down on Waste

Green Technology and Human Error: Automation and Cutting Down on Waste
The Siliconreview
09 November, 2021

In the battle to conserve as many resources as we can, we are often our own worst enemy. Humankind has done a great deal over the last few decades to muck up our planet, from overharvesting populations of nonrenewable resources to pumping pollution into the atmosphere ad nauseum. While we still aren’t doing enough to mitigate the impact of the coming climate crisis, with politicians and businessmen alike seemingly content to remain apathetic and watch the world burn, the things that we are doing are having an effect, just not as powerful an effect as they could have.

Our best efforts are still tainted by our own imperfections, as the specter of human error looms long over our conservation efforts, and with so much on the line, our focus should be to mitigate every factor that might impact our efforts to change.

Fortunately, there are a number of innovations on the market that can aid would-be conservationists in their efforts, automating specific processes and removing the factor of human error altogether. Without further ado, here are a few technological innovations that you may want to consider using to limit your waste and negate the possibility of human error.

Drip Irrigation Systems and Water Management

While somewhat time-intensive to install, a drip irrigation system is an absolute must for eco-conscious gardeners. It can be difficult to know how much you should water your plants, and the more cautious among us may choose to over-water or water too frequently just to be sure. Drip irrigation systems feed your plants a constant, small stream of water at all times, making sure they get exactly what they need when they need it. This system completely eliminates any guesswork on your part, significantly reducing the potential for accidentally creating a vast amount of wastewater and lessening your overall water usage in the process.

But if installing a brand new irrigation system seems just a bit too work-intensive, you can also purchase stick-style water monitors, cheap and affordable ways to measure the water content in your soil instantly. It should be noted, however, that while this tech does give you a measure of how you’re doing, it does not completely eliminate the possibility of making a mistake.

Automate What You Can

Sometimes, even something as simple as removing the human element from the equation can make technology that most would not think of as “green” green in itself. Take manufacturing, for example: from automotive manufacturing to dispense technologies for resin processing, running your business with technology meant to cut down on overall waste and produce products efficiently is the greenest thing some industries are capable of. While some companies only care about their profit margin and pay no mind to environmental activists that are begging them to change, there are also corporations that have paid us mind and began to streamline their processes in an eco-friendly manner through automation.

As such, we should take that into consideration ourselves, evaluating what we can automate that will likely streamline tasks that we typically do on a day-to-day basis. Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) may provide effective (if not necessarily cheap) ways for us to cut down on the waste that our chores create, and do things in a way that leaves the earth happier and healthier. Take automatic lawnmowers as an example: guided by AI, these Roomba-like devices traverse your lawn without any guidance from their operators, cutting your grass to a precise length and (as most of them are electric) cutting down on petroleum usage and noise pollution in the process. Other robots have been similarly designed to carry out the tasks of weeding, watering, and spraying fertilizers and pesticides without human input.

Investing in Our Planet’s Future

While some green technologies are inexpensive, the ones that have the greatest capacity for limiting human error are typically not. But if you decide to invest in this technology, you may find that your conservation efforts are more successful than ever. Regardless, it’s doing what we can that’s important as we struggle to keep the planet healthy for the generations to come.