YuMi – ABB’s Remote Robot That Is Automating Amazon Reforestation

To combat the devastating consequences of climate change, we require the collective effort of all individuals, including those of the robotic variety.

Introducing YuMi, a remarkable collaborative robot, or “cobot,” developed by the ABB Robotics company in Switzerland. Presently, this extraordinary creation finds itself stationed within the captivating Amazon rainforest, alongside the nonprofit organization Junglekeepers.

YuMi, equipped with dual limbs and cloud-based remote connectivity, is assisting the Junglekeepers in automating the laborious task of seed-planting within the nonprofit organization’s isolated laboratory. Previously reliant on manual human intervention, this transformative technology is revolutionizing the process.

Thanks to the robot’s swift movement, it can sow seeds in a territory that spans two soccer fields in a day, thereby granting the nonprofit personnel ample time to engage in human-oriented tasks such as educating the indigenous community and keeping a lookout for illicit loggers.

Although the notion of utilizing reforestation robots has been previously explored, the underlying principle – that replenishing forests ravaged by deforestation and wildfires can potentially mitigate or even halt the effects of climate change – has been met with substantial objections.

According to critics, the mere implementation of corporate reforestation initiatives falls short in mitigating climate change unless accompanied by a firm commitment to discontinue reliance on fossil fuels. These critics argue that the emphasis on these seemingly altruistic campaigns, often accompanied by carbon offset credit programs, serves as a convenient and potentially futile escape route for large corporations.

However, even though the reforestation efforts carried out solely by robots in areas like the Amazon cannot single-handedly mitigate climate change, it is indeed inspiring to witness the inclusion of a cutting-edge solution in our arsenal, particularly considering the overwhelmingly bleak portrayal of technology in numerous headlines.

Reference- Science news, ScienceDirect, Futurism, Junglekeepers website, ABB Online Newsroom