Robots That Are Helping Combat Climate Change
Robots are being designed and trained to help evaluate and fight the changes in global climate.
Rapid advancements in robotics can today have made it possible to predict climate changes. Robots are now a popular and effective choice for scientists, researchers and environmentalists, who aim to make a difference to the environment. In fact, with the help of these technically smart and advanced robots, scientists are hoping to fight the rising concern of climate change.
ROBOTS PLANT TREES
Trees are being cut down to make way for human settlements, and planting more trees are the only way to make up for the loss of green cover. Robots are specifically coded to plant more trees to replace those that are being cut down. Not just in the remote forests of Amazon, but trees are now planted everywhere, at a speed which is 10 times faster than any human can ever plant a tree! It is not the seeds that are sowed, but plants that are being planted so that the trees can now have a better chance of survival in their new location.
ROBOTS AID FARMERS DURING DROUGHTS
Most fail to realize that climate change is eventually leading us to a major food crisis! It holds true for countries and regions who cannot afford to import food from other regions. Robots which developed with AI sensors and monitors can track and determine the growth of plants and whether or not they can survive in extreme conditions. By making the most of the data analysis, farmers can now taste success by planting profitable species. This will also prevent them from taking bad decisions and investing in ill-fated crops.
ROBOTS ARE IMITATING PLANTS
This might come as a huge shock, but robots are being designed to recreate and protect the environment and functions of plants. Robotic scientists are doing all they can to better understand the environment. These robots are also created with roots, allowing researchers to examine and explore the soil types.
ROBOTS IMITATING OCEAN DIVERS
Humanoid robots are being developed so that they can effectively dive and collect the samples from the abyss of the oceans. Robot divers can also collect samples of the coral reefs in the red sea which is beyond accessible by humans. These robots can extract samples without even disrupting the reef, which is only possible using a robot and not even a diver, however professional they might be!
ROBOTS CAN CONVERT POLLUTION INTO ENERGY SOURCES
To free water bodies from pollution, robots are being made to absorb pollutants. For instance, the substances causing water pollution are being extracted with the help of robots and then converted to derive energy.
ROBOTS COLLECT RIVER TRASH
Pollutants come in all forms, from plastic bags to straws and chemicals. If the trash is made to sit for long, it eventually makes way for a blockage in the waterways. Therefore robots are now being assigned tasks to pick up trash from the river so that animals don’t ingest waste material.
Robots have also turned out to be highly useful in recycling waste materials and reducing carbon emissions, thereby protecting our Earth.
Like other aspects of the digital era, the age of digital journalism has also been ushered in and is here to stay. It can be defined as news and journalism which is generated by machines with a reduced role of human beings.
A little disquieting fact since it can lead to layoffs becoming a norm in the reporting segment as well. Maybe too early to worry about that!
OTHER NEWS PUBLICATIONS IN AI
Forbes has announced that it is on its way to use AI-based tools which will help reporters give story templates and statistical information. In fact, The Guardian’s Australia division went a step ahead and published its first news article which is more or less machine generated. It even mentioned the same to its readers with a subtle cautionary line “experimental automated news reporting system”
Another example can be given in the case of Washington Post which uses an in-house robot reporter which goes by the name Heliograf. Till date, Bloomberg leads the pack with almost a third of its news being generated through the machine.
SPORTS ROBOT JOURNALIST
The more one delves into it, the more interesting facts emerge. There are now even sports reports being generated and published through an automation mode. The Sun Journal based out Maine, Florida has given a full report on a local baseball game, even describing the hit statics of one particular batsman for the entire game. Infact, what’s more, it even used human-like phrases “blowout victory” in its article.
However, what needs to be remembered is that these news publications are a one-off feature and is not a regular feature. Again to discuss what was mentioned in the beginning, the objective is not to displace humans, but rather to help them reach their goal of making journalism more creative.
FINANCIAL SEGMENT LEADING THE WAY
Meanwhile, there are scenarios where man and machine make the perfect combination to churn out accurate news. Bloomberg is the best example of this. The automated tool known as Cyborg aids financial news reporters churn out news on corporate growth and earnings for each quarter. This method can scrutinize a news report within minutes and derive an excellent story based on facts and figures.
In other words, creativity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming well integrated with every passing day. In fact, these are indications that this kind of reporting has been happening for quite some time now. Noted reporter Jacklyn Peiser of New York Times in the “Rise of the Robert Reporter” has pointed out that news syndicates are generating volumes of news articles to different newspapers across the world. It may be a reality that even local hometown news is being machine-generated several thousand miles away.
In fact, hedge funds rely to a good extent on AI to put industry data and statistics to their investment clients and tools like Cyborg will give Bloomberg the chance to release accurate financial business news to capture new clients.
The trends in AI-based Journalism show that financial publications are way ahead to tap this segment primarily because of the need to release financial news and forecast based on precision data.