Here’s an article from ABC News, about Google employing goats to clear weeds and grasses that pose a fire risk. Instead of getting a robot gadgetry, just get a sheep. You could have a flock leased out around the neighbourhood, and then everyone gets a side of lamb at the end of it, or maybe a woolen jumper, depending on your stance. Here’s the article.
Internet-age innovator Google is taking advantage of an old-time principle to thwart wildfires: goats will eat almost anything.
Google has brought in about 200 of the grazers to munch fields around its campus in the Northern California city of Mountain View.
California is prone to wildfires and several years of drought have heightened the danger.
Grasses and brush that thrives during the state’s brief rainy season turn ominously sere and flammable during parched months.
Firefighters consistently advise people to clear brush to create buffer zones bereft of fuel for spreading flames.
“We have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard,” Google director of real estate and workplace services Dan Hoffman wrote in a posting on the company’s official blog.