DARPA’s Robotic Focus May Prove a Game-Changer for Disasters
Had workers been able to reach Reactor One in Fukushima when the plant melted down in 2011, the scale of the damage could have been substantially reduced. The DARPA Robotics Challenge aims to create robots that can go places too hazardous for humans. While long a source of imaginative fascination, humanoid robots still lack basic responsive capacities and cannot autonomously act in disaster zones. But developments like the driverless car, which is funded by Google and can independently navigate cities, suggest that commercially viable C3POs might not be science fiction for much longer.