9.07.2005

 

Robot saves girl's life

BritainSaved by a computer lifeguard: "A young girl has been saved from drowning by an extraordinary computer system that keeps an eye on everybody in a swimming pool.

The girl was pulled unconscious from 12ft of water at the deep end of a public pool in Bangor, North Wales, when underwater cameras spotted that she was not moving and alerted a lifeguard. The lifeguard could not see the girl in the crowded pool but was able to respond to the alert within seconds.

It is the first time in Britain that the Poseidon surveillance system, manufactured by a French company, has helped lifeguards to save a swimmer from drowning. The campaign group Swimsafekids said last night that the rescue proved that the system could save many more lives if they were installed compulsorily."

This brings up a question that has been asked repeatedly here. What jobs will be left for humans to do in 20 or 30 years? See Robots taking jobs for details.

Comments:
What a great application of simple robotics.

What about a software agent that could alert us just before we voted irrationally? How about VoteBot 2010: “Alert, insufficient knowledge in biology and physics to infer a rational choice!”
Of course, by 2010 we may be voting truely rational agents in office?
 
I love this site and your tracking of this stuff - thanks!

I am musician and the robots are certainly making their way into my world. For example, I use two virtual musicians - a drummer and a guitar player - in my computer music studio. (They are limited but are quite convincing at what they do.)

I have been playing around with the robot voices and have tried out some pop music, radio plays, and poetry with robots - it is spooky....they are definately coming! robot music and radio.

peace!
 
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