How NASA is using artificial intelligence to save lives of firefighters, first responders

NASA’s new artificial intelligence — capable of running on a cellphone — could soon put Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana to shame. The hope for the AI, named AUDREY, is to be deployed in the field to help save first responders’ lives by making split-second recommendations in dangerous situations, NASA officials said. AUDREY works by pulling in data from the environment and from the equipment being carried by first responders. In this way, the AI can detect temperature changes, gases and other threats. The cloud-based overseer will then on its own send custom warnings to individuals in the field. In a fire, it might detect a propane tank through a camera carried by the firefighter, or warn of elevated temperatures in a nearby room. “The information all becomes shareable and…


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