If you enjoy robots, specifically robot dogs and geek out over Star Wars and well, have a heart then this video will make you smile.
This video is the brainchild of Patrick Boivin. A French autodidact (self taught) director. In addition to writing, directing and editing his films, Patrick, on top of all that also worked on the lighting, operated the camera and the animation and special effects. And if that wasn’t enough, he also sometimes contributed the sound and music. Pretty impressive.
Patrick started out by drawing comic books 15 years ago, and quickly discovered that it was faster to tell a story with a video. He then gradually became a filmmaker.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”
- Walt Disney
This is AWESOME! This is the kind of advance which people dreamed of in the 50s when imagining robots whirring about everywhere and helping with chores in a truly revolutionary way.
I’d love to see this technology expanded tremendously, but this is already an incredible step in addressing our waste-problem. If - or, should I say, when - this machine can identify and sort more than a 90% of the material, that’s going to be amazing! (And just consider the massive benefits when it can sort even more diverse types of waste, and more precisely - e.g. taking apart an old computer and sorting working pieces into appropriate bins!) With this type of machine, we might not even have to worry about sorting different garbage materials and it’ll help with even further promoting recycling. Really just a great win, and I’m looking forward to some major advancements as a result.
The only question I have, and that I think everyone should have, is: How soon will we get them where I live? And why not sooner?!
p.s. My thanks to sustainable-sam for the link.
The Finnish firm ZenRobotics has designed and built a robot that can sort through construction waste and pluck out recyclable material moving by on conveyer belt and then deposit it in an appropriate bin. The robot is currently able to correctly identify roughly half of the material it processes, which may not sound that impressive, until you consider that as things stand now, nearly 100% of such construction waste now winds up in landfills, un-recycled and polluting the planet…
This type of work is groundbreaking due to the fact that robots have been traditionally relegated to performing more easily definable tasks, such as repeatedly welding two pieces of metal together. To separate good trash from the bad, however, a robot must first be programmed to recognize very basic materials, and then to “learn” as it goes, by doing, i.e. it must have some degree of artificial intelligence. In the current setup, construction waste is deposited onto a conveyer belt where it is carried into a processing room where the robot resides. The robot reaches down and grabs stuff off the conveyer, analyzes it, and if it recognizes what it sees, drops it into a nearby bin marked for just that type of material. Anything not recognized stays on the belt and is deemed trash. Currently, the robot is able to identify certain types of plastics, metals, concrete and wood.
Using such a robot would not only help to recycle construction waste, which some believe accounts for up to half of all landfill material, but would be able to do so in an environment that oftentimes is hazardous to humans due to the wide mix of sometimes toxic materials that arise when buildings are being built or torn down.
George was a majestic silverback mountain gorilla born in the congo. His family was brutally murdered by poachers. He was left all alone and was found by a young scientist named Dr. James Possible. Dr. Possible trained and taught George the ways the mankind, and eventually was given a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in gene splice. George was the first Gorilla who could successfully communicate with spoken words to humans. It was then decided that he would become and astronaut. Little did Dr. Possible know, George had an ulterior motive. He would go into space, design a giant banana canon and destroy the earth.
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