Robots don’t replace people or dogs…They do things new. They assist the responders, the experts, in new and innovative ways.
Robin Murphy, explains how if you can reduce the initial emergency response by one day, you can reduce the overall recovery by 1000 days.
If the initial responders can get in, save lives… that means the other groups can get in to restore the water, the roads, the electricity, which means then the construction people, the insurance agents, all of them can get in to rebuild the houses, which then means you can restore the economy…robots can make a disaster go away faster.
Murphy was the chair of the CCC Computing for Disaster Management Workshop that produced the CRICIS Report, as well as the author of the CCC-led white paper Toward a Science of Autonomy for Physical Systems: Disaster.