A NASA-designed artificial intelligence helper called AUDREY (Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis) could help firefighters to make split-second life-or-death decisions. This AI collects data on temperatures, gases and other vital signals, using the collected data, it guides firefighters when they’re tackling a blaze.
It uses sensors mounted on the firefighters’ clothes to monitoring their GPS position, the heat level in surrounding areas and also tells if there is any dangerous gases or chemicals are around.
Because of all this data the sensor sees, firefighters won’t run into the next room where the floor will collapse
AUDREY has been in development for nine months and is backed by the US Department of Homeland Security, and could also be used by police officers and other first responders. It will be tested in the field next year.
According to Edward Chow, the program manager: “When first responders are connected to all these sensors, the Audrey agent becomes their guardian angel. As a firefighter moves through an environment, Audrey could send alerts through a mobile device or head-mounted display.”
He also added: “We use complex reasoning to simulate how humans think.” According to him, this would allow for the provision of more useful information to firefighters than a traditional AI system.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science, NASA science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System, advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate’s Heliophysics Research Program, exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft missions such as New Horizons, and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs.