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Can we use robots for environmental conservation?

Of late, a lot of natural calamities are disrupting the daily life: bush-fires in Australia, forest fires in California and flooding of thirteen Indian states, Venice and several regions of the the United Kingdom owing to torrential rainfall. To some extent, our negligence towards the environment is to blame. The challenge here is that the environment to be monitored is often large and usually not feasible to be covered with static sensors. A passive solution to this could be to use robots as mobile sensor nodes, given their agility, to simply observe and transmit the data to a base station. But why stop there when the robots can also be endowed with decision making capabilities using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to actively process incoming data.

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