NASA’s mission is to drive advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality and stewardship of Earth. It might be long-winded, but NASA isn’t only focused on space exploration. Recently NASA has begun preparing their deep space AI to be used in the fire services.
AUDREY (Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis) is an AI system designed by NASA for deep space exploration. The goal of the system is to create a system that thinks like a human. AUDREY can quickly process a massive amount of information, which is something a normal person cannot do. This processing power means AUDREY can make more informed and better decisions. What does this mean for firefighters?
Imagine being in a structure fire and becoming disoriented. Smoke disrupting your sight and the path you just walked is no longer accessible. AUDREY would then activate and show you how to get to an exit. It seems farfetched, but NASA is already teaming up with DHS Science and Technology and the National Institute of Justice. Recently they have set up real-life fire scenarios including a garage fire, empty container fire, and a house fire. The data collected from this operation will be used as a base for AUDREY’s learning. In the next year or two DHS S&T expect to have a prototype ready for firefighters to test.
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