Why Robots Can’t Be Counted On to Find Survivors in the Florida Building Collapse

IEEE Spectrum

On Thursday, a portion of the 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, Florida (just outside of Miami) suffered a catastrophic partial collapse. As of Saturday morning, according to the Miami Herald, 159 people are still missing, and rescuers are removing debris with careful urgency while using dogs and microphones to search for survivors still trapped within a massive pile of tangled rubble.

It seems like robots should be ready to help with something like this. But they aren’t.

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