In our efforts to end climate change, few people would imagine that robots could be of any help. We’ve heard time and again that technology has contributed to the thinning of the ozone layer, exhausting toxic fumes. Damage done by innovation has affected animals, forests, and the ocean.
It might surprise you to learn that robots are being designed to help look after the planet. They’ll be able to do things that we as humans can’t. They will take environmental protection to the next level without increasing the damage. Some of the ways robots will be able to help include the following efforts.
The United States struggles with fatal wildfires every year. Forests can go up in flames, which rapidly spread to neighborhoods, destroying houses and the lives of people living in affected areas.
Robots armed with fire extinguishers can help control these fires by enabling a firefighter to manage the machine from a distance. They have GPS, computer vision, and heat sensors. While robots will not be able to stop wildfires from breaking out, they can help contain the flames and protect civilian homes.
The behavior of careless humans has led to our oceans being polluted by waste and plastic. It is fatal to wildlife under the water and in the air, poisoning them and forcing them to live on a floating island of trash.
Efforts have been made to clear this garbage pile, but it has proven too big for humans to make a difference independently. Robots can help in this effort by collecting large amounts of waste and removing them from the ocean. They can also help contain the harmful effects of oil spills, saving animals.
Gas-powered energy might soon be a thing of the past. Research continues with the objective of finding environmentally friendly energy sources. Robots can help bring advances in solar energy projects, simplifying the process so that we can make the switch to solar.
It isn’t science fiction—robots can help us to care for our planet. These new solutions might lead to breakthroughs that’ll improve our living conditions and the well-being of our planet.