The 'dragon robot' is capable of wriggling into hard-to-reach gaps between structures and windows several floors up.
Japanese researchers have developed a robot with the body of a hose that is capable of fighting fires in hard to reach places
Researchers from Tohoku University and National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College presented the robot at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation last month in Brisbane, Australia.
The machine, called the DragonFireFighter, has the ability to lift itself off the ground and fly using high pressure jets of water.
Those nozzles then fire siphoned high-pressure water from the hose downwards, lifting the machine into the air.
It is not dependent on the ground to fly so long as it has enough water, meaning its height is not limited.
Because the nozzles are steerable, each module can be directed individually, which is how it can travel in between small gaps.
The first module at the 'head' of the snake allows the water to be streamed more precisely. It is also the main nozzle fighting the fire.
The machine, called the DragonFireFighter, has the ability to lift itself off the ground and fly using high pressure jets of water
The robot has steerable nozzle modules along the length of the hose. Those nozzles then fire siphoned high-pressure water from the hose downwards, lifting the machine into the air
The protoype is two meters long in the video, but the robot can be extended to any length by adding on more segments.
The researchers also said that their algorithm is 'not sophisticated' enough to yet be used in emergency situations.
Physical jobs in predictable environments, including machine-operators and fast-food workers, are the most likely to be replaced by robots.
Management consultancy firm McKinsey, based in New York, focused on the amount of jobs that would be lost to automation, and what professions were most at risk.
The report said collecting and processing data are two other categories of activities that increasingly can be done better and faster with machines.
This could displace large amounts of labour - for instance, in mortgages, paralegal work, accounting, and back-office transaction processing.
The report added: 'Occupations such as gardeners, plumbers, or providers of child- and eldercare - will also generally see less automation by 2030, because they are technically difficult to automate and often command relatively lower wages, which makes automation a less attractive business proposition.'
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