Can robots save lives of miners?
August 21st, 2007

Is it possible to replace miners by robots? Or could we use robots to rescue trapped miners? In a recent report, NPR attempts to answer these questions. It is true that robots would be ideal to fill these very dangerous jobs. Obviously, they can go where humans can’t. The NPR article looks at two mining robots developed at Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU). It also says that because these robots are expensive, ‘the U.S. mining industry has shown little interest in funding such research.’ This is understandable for their point of view. But even if the number of miners — and the number of casualties — has been largely reduced in the so-called developed countries, it’s not the same situation in other places. So is there a market for mining robots in China or elsewhere?

Links: ZDNet, Primidi

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