Lance Ulanoff’s latest article on Mashable, showcased the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge in Pomona, California. Teams from around the world, built and programmed disaster relief robots competing for a $2,000,000 prize. Each robot had to complete tasks in a simulated disaster environment. Lance is the Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable and has spoken at several major technology conferences.
The robots are coming. To save us
By Lance Ulanoff| Mashable| 6/11/15
It may be time to stop worrying about the robot uprising and begin thinking how we can prepare robot rescue teams for the next earthquake, tsunami or nuclear disaster.
Last week, 24 robots — programmed and built by teams from around the world — gathered in Pomona, California, to accept a challenge from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The quest: Could each of these semi-autonomous robots complete eight tasks in a simulated disaster environment (a nuclear accident) in under an hour?
Are Robots the Future of Disaster Relief
When future disasters strike and the people affected can’t be reached by others, who will save them? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) thinks robots will. In DARPA’s latest robotics competition, robots were asked to complete tasks that can easily done by humans in a simulated disaster area. Tasks were as simple as opening doors and as complex as driving a car. There were some successes and many failures, but they all strived for one goal: to save lives.
While it may not be in the next year or so, 10 years down the road, we could finally see disaster relief robots sent in to aid devastated areas too dangerous or inaccessible for human rescue workers.
Disaster Relief Technology Available Today
If a disaster struck today or even within the next year or two, you probably won’t have a robot to help with your relief efforts. However, there is mobile technology available now to make it possible for you to raise money for people in need of your help. When disaster strikes you can now start fundraising immediately.
Text to donate is an effective mobile fundraising method that allows organizations to set up keywords and collect donations of any size that are billed to a credit/debit card while capturing full donor information. The average donation with text to donate is $107 – an average that jumps to $167 when a fundraising thermometer is incorporated into your campaign to display donation amounts and donor names live, on-screen, at events. This effective fundraising method is also 100% secure.
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