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Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn’t get.  It was August 31, 2005, two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. These robots were a crucial connection between emergency responders and survivors.  Ten years later, the technology, and how humans interact with it, has only improved. New technology is changing the way we handle whatever life throws at us. In the case of disaster relief and recovery, this means more effective ways to save lives and begin the arduous process of rebuilding after catastrophe.

Source: CNN

Date: August 29th, 2015

Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/24/us/robot-disaster-technology/index.html

Discussion

1) The article shows how robots are helping in survival situations.  What sort of company could you start in your town or city that could use this sort of technology in a non-survival situation, such as covering a sports event or concert?

2) The article suggests that 10 years ago this technology was deployed during hurricane Katrina?  Do you think the technology has really come a long way in 10 years, or has it not advanced as much as you might expect given the advances in technology you use everyday such as your smartphone (which basically did not exist 10 years ago)?

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