Killer Robots Stop Weeds AutonomouslyWhile weeds occasionally dodge herbicides—can they avoid robots? University of Illinois researchers are using a USDA grant to find out. The scientists’ goal is to create autonomous, collaborative robots that weed fields with mechanical implements. Experts from a variety of disciplines, including machine learning, weed science and environmental ecosystems, are working together to build a one-of-a-kind machine. A range of expertise is needed because weeds can look a lot like the crops they grow alongside, especially during seedling stages.