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Experimnents in Autonomous Cave Exploration

We are living in an extraordinary era where machines have begun to replace humans, initially in highly structured settings such as manufacturing and now in more complicated real-world settings such as self-driving vehicles. This presentation goes beyond that—tracing the roots of fully autonomous exploration in 3D unstructured and ultimately completely unknown environments. Cavers have always known the special sensation of exploring completely unknown places. Would it actually be possible to replace a caver with a robot?