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Rescue Droids Stumble in an Urban Jungle

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 846
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.846a

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AUSTIN, TEXAS-- Here at the 17th Annual National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, four teams of engineers fielded mechanical contestants in the first annual urban ruin search-and-rescue competition--a simulated catastrophe created to test intelligent lifesaving robots that may one day lead rescuers to people trapped in the precarious rubble of collapsed buildings. The competition indicated that the technology still has a way to go.