In today's world, not all robots are out to take human jobs - some are just doing those we are unable to.
Take Stormy for example, used by the City of Launceston council to seek out blockages and other issues within the city's vast storm water system.
The now four-year-old robot can traverse the tunnels with high definition cameras, LED lights and all-terrain wheels to a range of 300 metres. (With an operator controlling back up on the surface).
"Stormy finds a range of things such as sediment build up [and] root intrusion that reduces the effectiveness of the drainage network," said City of Launceston built environment manager Michael Newby.
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"Another thing that Stormy has been able to find is some pretty poor pipework where sewage is actually being connected into the storm water network and results in poor water quality downstream from those connections.
"So Stormy provides us with the evidence to go in and rectify those situations."
The management of Launceston's storm water system will be one of a range of topics covered by the Resilient City Symposium being held at the weekend.
The event forms part of the council's 2019 community consultation program and aims to gauge ideas on how Launceston can become a better designed, accessible and sustainable city into the future.
Rubbish, waste and recycling will be discussed, along with flooding and the future of kanamaluka/the Tamar River estuary. Children will also find face painting and dinosaur-themed craft activities.
Mayor Albert van Zetten said the symposium would see interesting speakers cover important topics for Northern Tasmania.
"On top of this, parking in the Inveresk Car Park will be free all day so we hope people will take advantage of it and spend what promises to be a fascinating day at the QVMAG," Cr van Zetten said.
Resilient City Symposium events begin from 10.30am Saturday at the Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk. Further information is available on the City of Launceston council website.
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