As I was browsing through some of my favorite websites this morning, I came across an interesting green jobs story. Tina Casey’s article, Seven Robots with Green Jobs, details how robots are seeing a surge in demand in the green sector. Yes, that’s right, good, green jobs…for robots.
The most recognized robot out of the seven is the Phoenix Mars probe. A project of the University of Arizona, NASA, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the Phoenix was sent to Mars to gather data about water on the planet as well as learn more about whether Mars may be inhabitable by humans at one point.
Another robot that made her list is a robotic composter. Although backyard composting bins are hugely popular, the NatureMill composter automates the process and it saves you a trip outside. I can see this being a product that may bring families into composting that wouldn’t traditionally consider the practice.
The last robot on Casey’s list that really caught me eye was a machine that will navigate through a farmer’s crops searching for slugs. When the machine finds a slug, it “eats” it and then uses the energy created from this process to provide its own power. This creative idea is a project of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in England.
The good news about all seven of these robots working on a green job project is they aren’t likely to replace humans in the green job sector. A robot isn’t going to come to your house to perform an energy audit or complete a weatherization project. Fear not humans for your green jobs are safe, for now.
For more information about these three robots, as well as the four other machines that made this list, read the full story at CleanTechnica.com.