Technology is wonderful if it is applied in the correct manner, and here we are with rescue robots which are programmed to help evacuate people from a burning building. Granted, they are small and extremely mobile, that means it cannot carry those who have already fainted. Still, this robot can alert emergency personnel to injured or trapped people, according to US researchers who are knee deep in the project. Electrical engineers Ayanna Howard and Paul Robinette from the Georgia Institute of Technology claim that these robots are meant to be “smart” roving exit signs which might just help folks through an environment that is thick with smoke, to exits. Heck, when that is done, the robot will even return to scout for anyone else left behind.
Currently, static signs indicate exit locations, but they are pretty much useless when it comes to warning folks as to when an exit is blocked or unsafe. These robots won’t lead you to just any exit, but a safe one. Hopefully the algorithm has been programmed correctly so that in the course of saving lives, humanity’s faith will not be misplaced.
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