In another entry to non-threatening, AI-powered robots enter BeachBot (or BB). This beachside companion identifies cigarette butts with the help of Microsoft’s AI systems, and then promptly disposes of them into a bin, located on its body.
Two Dutch engineers — Martijn Lukaart and Edwin Bos designed BB as a response to our environment. Litter and global pollution wreck havoc on the ocean and its inhabitants so why not target some of the most common forms of waste: cig butts.
The pair of Dutch engineers developed BB through their company TechTics and have pointed out that the beach-dwelling robot needs about 2,000 images of cigarette butts in order to maximize its use. So if you have any spare photos of rouge cigs in sand, you can put them to good use!