In this radio episode, we talk to Marcello and Eduardo Guimarães, founders of tree planting companies Mahogany Roraima and iPlantForest and designers of the Forest Bot, and Nicolas Guimarães, who is involved with developing the technologies of the machines. We discuss techniques for automating precision planting, relationships between private and socio-environmental projects, and using NFTs for financing and tracing reforestation.
Interviewers: Danilo Urzedo and Jennifer Gabrys
Producer: Pedro Augusto
Language note: This interview takes place in Portuguese and English.
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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Guimarães, Eduardo, Marcello Guimarães, Nicolas Guimarães, Danilo Urzedo, and Jennifer Gabrys, "Marcelo and Eduardo Guimarães: Robotic Tree-Planting in Brazil" Smart Forests Atlas (2022), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/marcello-eduardo-guimarães/
Header image credit: Screenshot of a virtual interactive version of the Real Carbon Capturing Machine (RCCM). Image source: Mahogany Roraima [screenshot]. Retrieved 25 August 2022, from https://mahoganyroraima.com.br/real-carbon-capture-machine/