Advanced robotics is making many mining jobs more efficient and less dangerous.

The world's largest robot has been strutting its stuff in a Queensland coal pit, demonstrating how open-cut mines of the future may work. The 3500-tonne monster, which featured on NASA's 'Cool Robot of the Week' website, is a 75-metre tall dragline that has been automated to turn the business of shifting millions of tonnes of rubble and rock into a highly precise operation needing 80 per cent less operator involvement.

This massive beast, which can devour 120 tonnes of rock in a single bite, has essentially been fitted with a 'brain' to remove the stress and judgment needed by a human operator when controlling its 100-metre boom and swinging load. Full story