Innovators pioneered, developed and deployed robots to investigate and locate pipeline problems and issues. Author Harry T. Roman, a pioneer and an IEEE-USA educational leader, developed and tested robots for utility work at Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G). He also helped forge an industry group to share and disseminate utility robot technology. In his second IEEE-USA comic portrayal of robots in action, Pipeline Gets Rescued, Roman again illustrates how robots are not just for science fiction stories, but are currently in use, solving problems and improving our lives.
In the book’s intro, Roman explains that this comic, along with the first in the series, Rover Boy Gets Steamed Up!, is “designed to entertain readers, young and old; to demonstrate how we can use robots in the service of humanity, performing real-life tasks.” He adds that the books are meant to illustrate “how advanced computer applications embodying artificial intelligence” and “neural networks are not to be feared–but understood,” containing vast potential for doing good in our world.”