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Robot librarians are being trialled in Singapore

by June 6, 2016 General

Artificial intelligence and how it can help or hinder the human race continues to spark debate in the technology world – now another example of it being used for good has emerged.A group of researchers from Singapore have created an autonomous robot that can be used to cut down on the admin work librarians have to do.(A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research)A shelf-scanning robot called AuRoSS has been created that can navigate the aisles of a library each night, using lasers to scan each shelf and compile a report on missing or misplaced books.This report is then ready for human library staff to read in the morning, telling them exactly where needs organising, reducing the time-consumption significantly.(Craig Cunningham/AP)The bot uses more lasers and ultra-sound to navigate its way between the shelves, and has already been trialled in several libraries in Singapore, where according to the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research – the team behind AuRoSS – the robot has achieved an accuracy rating of up to 99%.They added that the technology could easily be adapted to work in warehouses or retail stores, saving man hours for staff.