9.1 C
Madrid
Monday, October 26, 2020

Ambitious 17 Year Old Builds Robotic Dogs To Help People

One young man takes innovation in his country to the next level

Must read

Dr. José Rizal Meets Sherlock Holmes In Philippine Book Of Horrors

Imagine Dr. José Rizal and Sherlock Holmes, the two smartest persons in history, together in a horror story. A story where fiction meets a national historical figure.

Maximizing Productivity Under Work From Home

Hello, am I audible? Apologies, I think there’s some connectivity issue. Now, that these conversations have...

The AI Frolics Of Social Networking

A thought worth deliberating Where the world is facing the deadly pandemic of COVID-19, when the entire humanity...

Bolivian Election Results

BOLIVIA. La Paz. Tune into Democracy News Live Show as Rohit Gandhi goes live with Deputy Chief Editor of Transcontinental Times, Autumn S....
Francis Kamau
Francis Kamau
Graduate class of 2019, Dr B.A.M University B.A international Journalism With First class honours

KENYA. Nakuru. David Lawrence is not your average teenage boy. At only 17 years old, the young man has created five robotic dog prototypes and is aiming to fabricate more.

Inspiration during times of war

Lawrence said it all started five years ago. Kenya was at war with insurgents in Somalia, with whom they share a border. This led to the deployment of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to protect their people and eliminate the threat. It was at this moment young Lawrence thought of a better way the country could have handled the mission. He realized sending the army would result in an unfortunate loss of life. “I felt awful that our soldiers would have to die from the constant attacks of the terrorists,’’ he explained in an interview with Transcontinental Times. “I always knew dogs were man`s best friend and that gave me the idea to create a robot dog that would also fight our battles.’’

The reimagining of man´s best friend

- Advertisement -

The next couple of months consisted of research on the topic of robotics. Lawrence also researched human behavior and the human brain itself. Next, he thought of a way to incorporate the desired behavior and intelligence into the robot he designed. It was to take the form of a dog, with the intelligence of a human, in a dynamic blend of artificial intelligence technology. Once this step was complete, he went on to create his first prototype.  Since then, Lawrence has created four more prototypes. Beyond military applications, robotic dogs also lead the blind in their daily activities. When the country achieves its own space program, he hopes the government will use his robotic dogs in their explorations.

Lawrence working on one of his robotic dogs. Photo credit: Francis Kamau

Read also: One Man’s Life Inspires Dignified Living For Seniors

Looking to the future

- Advertisement -

Without a doubt, robots are the direction the world is heading. “Technology is here to stay so we ought to adapt to it,’’ Lawrence concluded. However, the young Kenyan has confessed to dealing with a number of setbacks. Lack of financial support, exposure, and even time limitations being the main ones. Lawrence said he had to sell two of his bicycles to get the materials for his latest project. “Next year, once I finish high school, I want to seek scholarship to be able to do all this at a much-refined place,’’ he explained. The ambitious young man wants to be a robotic engineer in the future.  

More articles

Latest article

The AI Frolics Of Social Networking

A thought worth deliberating Where the world is facing the deadly pandemic of COVID-19, when the entire humanity...

Maximizing Productivity Under Work From Home

Hello, am I audible? Apologies, I think there’s some connectivity issue. Now, that these conversations have...

Spanish Human Rights NGO THRibune And The UNODC Are Building The First Social Reintegration Center For Young Women In Kenya

KENYA, Nairobi. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Spanish Human Rights NGO THRibune will build the first social...

Germany Hit By The Second Wave Of COVID-19

GERMANY. Germany reported 11,242 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. According to the reports, the new cases have brought Germany’s total number of...

Love & OM: Journey To Self Through Relationship (Part IV): Self-Actualization

It was 3am in Bangalore. 14 March 2020. Coronavirus was sucking the life from India all around me. I was on my...