This is bad: They are now going to turn the control of the world’s petroleum supplies over to robots.
In the future, offshore platforms could be run by robots alone, with human beings staying on land.
Well, now you have seen the individual sensors and special tools. Shall I put the robots into action?”
SINTEF scientist Pål Liljebäck is standing in the new NOK 80 million laboratory financed by Norsk Hydro. The lab covers only 30 square metres and lies deep in the basement of one of the Electro buildings on the SINTEF/NTNU campus on Gløshaugen in Trondheim. An orange robot arm hangs from a steel beam that spans the room at ceiling height, framed by large, sky-blue support beams….