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Forest fires cost thousands of millions of dollars a year in the USA alone. Satellites can be orbited which can detect and provide early warning of forests aflame. In this picture you can see a four-legged walking firefighting robot of the future attacking an outbreak with fire smothering chemicals. Machines like this, alerted by satellite, could reduce the cost – and danger to life and property – of forest fires. The walking design would enable the robot to fight fires in all sorts of awkward places.

Book Of The Future – A trip in time to the year 2000 and beyond (1979)

 

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