A robot dog wanders through the Domas of ancient Pompeii

“Beatrix! Veni Hick!” Vigilantes recalls his guardian “Canis Pugnax”, a Roman molosar, between the Corsican dog and the Neapolitan Mastiff, as they walked along a side street in Porta de Cerno, noisy and busy, barking. The hand of the night patrolman appears between ropes, axes and crampons, to caress the panting beast, a very strong and muscular specimen, even without leather armor or metal lamella. It took him years after training in Capua (the same field where slaves became great gladiators). According to Pliny the Elder. More like, Canis Pugnax has become the first brand in the history of ancient Rome. A real advertisement of Pompeii in the world with posters, prints, T-shirts, magnets, puzzles.

And that’s why, quite naturally, SPOT, a four-way robot produced by the superstar company Boston Dynamics – Hyundai – has reached millions of clicks on YouTube video clips of robot handles, SpotMini and Atlas who dance and stunt – for ancient Pompeii history, myths. And a few weeks of wide “levels” with basalt. The ancient city of the Oskan Foundation became very powerful and famous, first for the fictitious villas of commerce and wealthy Roman senators, and then for immortal thanks to the Pliny the eruption of Vesuvius in October 79 AD.

The effectiveness of the dog-robot inside the famous archeological site, located a few kilometers away from Naples, can be said to be immediate. Increase the quality of monitoring of the area, progress of insulation excavation and maintenance work, increase the level of safety of personnel and premises. If RPV technology in general – remotely powered vehicles and UVS – unmanned vehicle systems, drones and robots with remote or autonomous guidance, were conceived, obviously, for the industrial world and the security sector, they would never find application on the sites. As for ancient Pompeii, “environmental variation and site size”, he reminds us Gabriel ZucktrigelGeneral Director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park.

The problem is solved by the SPOT’s higher mobility than ground drones and tracked robots, in fact its robotic weapons are able to travel along pebbles, stairs, curbs, rough and steep terrain. It is also capable of inspecting old underground tunnels of grave robbers, “always in a state of crisis for safety,” added Zucktrigel, and thanks to the programming of autonomous missions that review routes, map barriers and objects, always reforming each route. Time is more consistent and efficient.

It must be said that the use of SPOT originated in an environment that is ancient Pompeii, with a surface of 400,000 square meters, already covered by the intervention of technically smart @ Pompeii, a work funded by Great Pompeii. The 2012 European Commission project was funded after the 2010 catastrophic collapse of a wall in Scala Armaturam. From here, a network of high-resolution, low-energy IP cameras equipped with night vision, thermographic, biometric measurements and night vision. For Alberto Bruni“This is probably the first archeological site in the world based on the smart paradigm of cities, IoT (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, blockchain and soon 5G cell,” said MiC’s official – Ministry of Culture.

Of course, the use of this “subject” of titanium and aluminum – as well as the cost, about 74 74,000, without accessories – is something that some special staff at Sapiens Sapiens can still safely perform (and without having to recharge the battery every three hours). Or skepticism and criticism of this “visionary” investment, which serves as an imbalance in certain difficult contractual situations of outsourced work (cleaners involved in the movement with employees of individual unions and archaeological parks for some economic demands due to some post-covid work.). So the question arises. What is the future of an archeological park like Pompeii? What is the vision behind this incredible place of knowledge, where the future, the present and the past intersect between domas, temples and quadrangles? What’s in these ruins and treasures, painted and illustrated by works of art like the Leica BLK2FLY, a flying object capable of fully autonomous 3D scanning?

Looking curiously at the somewhat inexperienced movement of the spot between us, Thistle and Decuman, we might as well stop considering this technology’s inhuman horror science fiction like Netflix (along with Gumps, the extremely powerful Android soldiers were shamelessly inspired by ATLAS. ” A beautiful science fiction b-movie) or worse, some ordinary TV (the killer robot-dog of “Metalhead”, the 2017 episode of Black Mirror, an incredible anxiety-stimulating and technophobic TV series by the BBC) continues to feed us. .

And without fear, at least here in Pompeii, employment – yes, these science fiction B-movies – were in support of the work of dog robots, which are considered “dangerous” for French police operations (especially those who suffer from them). Or Vision 60, worse for the U.S. Border Police border surveillance with Mexico through the dog of ghost robotics. And anyone who cares about SPUR – a special purpose rifle – is thinking of equipping these autonomous quadrupeds with weapons that can be fitted.

Well maybe the answer to the previous question is closer here. Here again, in these streets, domains, paintings, mosaics, statues and magnificent religious and civic buildings, where a different humanitarian consciousness spreads in the air and among the visitors, is associated with a love of history and culture and where daily memory care and this is with us ( Painful) has been transferred. Here we will be able to reach like Roman Vigilante and cherish this gem of 21st century technology without fear and intimidation. Knowing that this is the part of us and the world that we want to protect and leave to our posters. “Spot! Come here!”

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