A robotic canine is being educated to stroll the streets of suburban Adelaide to watch energy traces.
Nasa can also be coaching him to discover caves on Mars.
And now utility firm SA Energy Networks is educating Spot to look out for broken infrastructure and different points in its poles and wires community.
The nimble robotic can scoot over uneven surfaces, carrying as much as 14kg of kit, equivalent to cameras. It will possibly keep away from obstacles and choose itself up after a fall. It’s going to take photos to ship to educated people, liberating them up for different duties and saving them from venturing into harmful terrain.
And sure, SAPN is utilizing treats to coach it. It’s a type of synthetic intelligence referred to as reinforcement studying.
“Reinforcement studying for Spot is very like educating a pet,” a spokesman says.
“In the identical manner as you give a pet treats to show it a trick, Spot is rewarded with numbers when it does what we wish.
“If it does a great factor, equivalent to take a photograph of a pole, it will get a constructive reward, and if it does a nasty factor equivalent to go on to the street, it will get a adverse reward. It’s at all times attempting to get a excessive rating.”
SAPN’s video of Spot reveals it analysing electrical energy poles (often known as Stobie poles in South Australia). SAPN moved to reassure those that Spot is right here to assist, together with imaginative and prescient of him dancing a merry little jig.
“We’ve heard Spot resembles the terrifying canine from the miniseries Conflict of the Worlds,” the SAPN video says.
“Don’t fear! Spot’s job is to not change us, however to assist enhance security and effectivity.”
SAPN mentioned together with drones and different know-how, Spot will preserve people protected, assist stop outages and enhance information assortment.