AI is smart enough now to be used to combat COVID-19

Many casinos across the country are reopening their doors amid the new conditions forced by the coronavirus pandemic. The new normal includes exhaustive cleaning and health protocols for both visitors and workers. Land-based casinos profit from mass gatherings and large flows of people, and keeping the facilities clean and virus-free also poses a risk for the casino employees in charge of these tasks. It also increases substantially the costs of this aspect of the operations. Therefore, scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been working on a solution powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that can help keep large casino facilities clean.

According to Forbes, the team of scientists from MIT is working in collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Avan Robotics. The development consists of a robotic system capable of disinfecting surfaces using an ultraviolet (UVC) light that’s built into the robot. Casino facilities could find great benefits in using robots to clean facilities as they could also help reduce the cost of the extra workforce necessary to keep everything clean. This would be a great help for one of the industries that are struggling financially due to the nature of the business and how the pandemic has impacted social interaction.

These AI-powered robots use short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill all living microorganisms that might be on a surface by using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. In order to achieve this, the robot starts by mapping the whole space it will be working in, and then it finds the best route to begin the cleaning process. The robot has been tested at the food bank and it was able to cover nearly 4,000 square feet of the warehouse in a little over 30 minutes. According to the research team, during these 30 minutes, nearly 90% of the coronaviruses on surfaces would be neutralized.