The robotic dog Spot and his namesake four-legged mechanical companions have been busy recently. Although the Boston Dynamics robot (one of the "Magnificent 10" of the company) was created to carry out industrial tasks, today this new "man's best friend" has shown that he is also a friend of culture.
Spot is helping Pompeii to put together the pieces of the tragedy that you all know. The robotic quadruped has been enlisted to roam the ruins of ancient Pompeii, poking his nose into hard-to-reach areas in search of information that will be saved and restored.
A great 'nose' for history
The observations of the trusted Spot will help preserve the archaeological park of Pompeii, which is on the verge (absurd that it is not already) of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With its characteristics, this robot can do a lot: as mentioned, it can control these areas without endangering anyone (since it is able to move on any terrain (. But not only: Spot can also explore underground areas of the Pompeii archaeological park. , to explore areas vandalized in the past by grave robbers and today not very accessible.
If we can send them to Mars, let alone Pompeii
Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, is thrilled to use Spot for archaeological research. The state of robotics is increasingly advanced but no one had yet thought of such a solution, ”he says in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian.
The explorations of the robotic quadruped will be accompanied by the activity of special drones. With their lasers, they will 'map' places to make 3D scans and record interesting points in the area. Does it seem futuristic to you? Of course. It is Pompeii.
Maybe someday all of our ancient ruins will be explored with the help of robots, allowing us to learn even more about our history. Until then, we're happy for Spot and his adorable tail (which he doesn't have).